This is the river valley we share.
This is the capital city we share.
As we approach 400 years…

what is the vision we share?

2035

The Connecticut Valley and its capital city turn 400

The Connecticut Valley has been settled by humans for more than 14,000 years. The year 2035 will mark the 400th anniversary of our earliest colonial towns. That milestone, fifteen years from now, will launch the 5th century for our towns, cities, and valley. What can we accomplish between now and then?

2020

We’ve already begun an historic change

Change is already under way. Across the valley and capital city, people have been working on hundreds of initiatives to make us more sustainable, prosperous, equitable, mobile, and vibrant. In the face of climate change, economic upheaval, inequality of opportunity, population loss, and unsustainable car-centric sprawl, major progress has been made in launching innovative businesses; investing in our schools and hospitals; building new transit systems and bike-walk paths; reconnecting us to our riverfronts; converting empty mills and office towers into housing; fostering greater social diversity; adding vibrancy to our town and city centers; and building on our outsized cultural assets. Heading towards 2035, we can continue and accelerate those efforts.
our environment is becoming more sustainable, resilient, and accessible. 

We’ve won national recognition for our environmental efforts in agriculture, renewable energy, active transportation, and riverfront renewal, but there’s more to be done.

our economy is becoming more prosperous and innovative. 

Our centuries-old knack for invention has seeded a nextgeneration innovation economy that is growing fast; our colleges are expanding, and we’ve upped our game on talented workforce, job training, and new work settings.

our communities are becoming more diverse and equitable. 

Quality affordable housing is springing up in neighborhoods that have needed new investment; factories and mill buildings, once abandoned, are becoming housing and offices; but many communities still suffer from lack of equity and opportunity.

our transport is becoming more multi-modal and flexible. 

New commuter rail, bus rapid transit, bike routes, pedestrian paths and transit-oriented development are improving the way we move. But work remains to finish the Hartford line, expand the airport, and rethink our highway system.

our culture is becoming more varied and vibrant. 

Our sports stadiums, art museums, music halls, and neighborhood cultural attractions are pulling in visitors from across the Northeast; downtown is emerging as a vibrant urban and residential hub.

2020

We’ve already begun an historic transformation

Change is already under way. Across the valley and capital city, people have been working on hundreds of initiatives to make us more sustainable, prosperous, equitable, mobile, and vibrant. In the face of climate change, economic upheaval, inequality of opportunity, population loss, and unsustainable car-centric sprawl, major progress has been made in launching innovative businesses; investing in our schools and hospitals; building new transit systems and bike-walk paths; reconnecting us to our riverfronts; converting empty mills and office towers into housing; fostering greater social diversity; adding vibrancy to our town and city centers; and building on our outsized cultural assets. Heading towards 2035, we can continue and accelerate those efforts.
our environment is becoming more sustainable, resilient, and accessible. 

We’ve won national recognition for our environmental efforts in agriculture, renewable energy, active transportation, and riverfront renewal, but there’s more to be done.

our economy is becoming more prosperous and innovative. 

Our centuries-old knack for invention has seeded a nextgeneration innovation economy that is growing fast; our colleges are expanding, and we’ve upped our game on talented workforce, job training, and new work settings.

our communities are becoming more diverse and equitable. 

Quality affordable housing is springing up in neighborhoods that have needed new investment; factories and mill buildings, once abandoned, are becoming housing and offices; but many communities still suffer from lack of equity and opportunity.

our transport is becoming more multi-modal and flexible. 

New commuter rail, bus rapid transit, bike routes, pedestrian paths and transit-oriented development are improving the way we move. But work remains to finish the Hartford line, expand the airport, and rethink our highway system.

our culture is becoming more varied and vibrant. 

Our sports stadiums, art museums, music halls, and neighborhood cultural attractions are pulling in visitors from across the Northeast; downtown is emerging as a vibrant urban and residential hub.

What kind of place
do we want the Connecticut Valley &
its capital city to be in 2035?

2020–2035

The 400th gives us an historic opportunity and a useful deadline

Beyond the projects already completed or under way, dozens of other ambitious plans, concepts, and visions, from small local projects to regional infrastructure investments align with the goal of making make the valley and capital city more sustainable, prosperous, equitable, mobile, and vibrant. Together they constitute a shared vision, which could be largely realized by 2035.

2035

In time for our 400th, here’s what we could accomplish together

green

grow

live

move

play

green
environment more sustainable. 

If we take full advantage of our extraordinary location, we can become the green, river-centered crossroads of New England.

grow
economy more prosperous

If we increase our population and density, and expand our workforce and knowledge economy, we can become one of the nation’s most prosperous regions.

live
communities more equitable

If we continue to increase our housing choices, density, and neighborghood investment, we can become a model of equity, diversity, opportunity, and affordable livability.

move
transport more mobile

If we continue our shift from car-dependence to broad-based mobility, we can become a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented network of town and city centers.

play
culture more vibrant

If we continue to enhance our centers, connect our assets, and tell our story, we can become a national magnet for arts, culture, and recreation.

2035

In time for our 400th, here’s what we could accomplish together

green

grow

live

move

play

green
environment more sustainable. 

If we take full advantage of our extraordinary location, we can become the green, river-centered crossroads of New England.

grow
economy more prosperous

If we increase our population and density, and expand our workforce and knowledge economy, we can become one of the nation’s most prosperous regions.

live
communities more equitable

If we continue to increase our housing choices, density, and neighborghood investment, we can become a model of equity, diversity, opportunity, and affordable livability.

move
transport more mobile

If we continue our shift from car-dependence to broad-based mobility, we can become a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented network of town and city centers.

play
culture more vibrant

If we continue to enhance our centers, connect our assets, and tell our story, we can become a national magnet for arts, culture, and recreation.

Right Now

Confirm the vision.
Set realistic targets.
Take action.

Add your voice to the vision.

A shared vision will help us navigate; it will serve as our north star. The first step is a public process to clarify that vision and finalize key principles and goals. The creation of a vision will help attract the private and public investments we need
to get there. 

Set 2035 targets for your community, town, company, or organization. 

Setting realistic targets helps us measure progress. The targets are not set by others but by us—in whatever groups we affiliate with.

Take the first steps together in 2020 and build momentum towards 2035.

Taking action gets the job done, whether the project is small and short-term or large and long-term. Let’s start now.

If you would like to participate in the conversation; or contribute your efforts individually or through your organization; or simply learn more, then please:

  • attend a public forum
  • or write the Hartford 400 organizing committee at:
    addmyvoice@hartford400.org