grow400
economy more prosperous

 
 
 
 
 
 

what we could become if we grew our population and economy: one of the nation's most prosperous regions

Hartford is a city of innovators, entrepreneurs, and inventors. As we look to the 400th anniversary, we want to make sure that all of our people can be connected to economic opportunity that helps them become self-sufficient. We know we have strengths in financial services, insurance, health care, and advanced manufacturing. How do we harness these strengths for the good of all? How do we make sure that we are creating a cohesive identity for Hartford as the center of an inclusive regional economy? 

Grow400 Projects

Growth & Population

Recommendations
  • Grow population: Hartford’s problem is not that it’s too small but it’s too dispersed – need higher density concentrations to create livabile, walkable, sustainable centers, add population, create jobs, attract and retain talent. Region has very low density, especially compared to New York and Boston.
  • Natural strategic hub halfway between Boston and New York: Especially if climate change continues to raise sea levels, and drives future development inland.
Resources: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CRCOG 2019), Metro Hartford TOD—Connecting People, Places, and Jobs (HFPG 2019)
 

Business & Innovation

Recommendations
  • Encourage small and large business: Hartford history as a center for business innovation. Insurance, manufacturing, aerospace, medical technology.Encourage small and large business.
  • Create jobs
  • Encourage innovation: Centers for innovation. Imagination, invention, ingenuity.
  • Encouragement of entrepreneurship and innovation: starting new businesses, trying new concepts, ability to experiment, fail and restart.
  • Business growth depends on connecting: High-speed internet, but also transportation: airport with direct routes to national and international destyinations, to encourage investment from sources outside the region.
  • New northeast rail corridor: with higher or high speed rail from New York to Boston.
  • Attractive, walkable, vibrant urban centers: to attract the next generation of talented workers in order to grow our companies and help them thrive.

Resources: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CRCOG 2019), Final Report (Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth 2018)

Knowledge

Recommendations
  • The New England Knowledge Corridor: Knowledge follows geology: the well connected floor of the rift valley. Knowhow, research, innovation, training, job creation. Need to attract and retain talent from outside.
  • Need to train and develop talent locally: and match the education system to the region’s economic strengths and workforce prospects

Resources: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CRCOG 2019), Metro Hartford TOD – Connecting People, Places, and Jobs (HFPG 2019), Knowledge Corridor, Knowledge Corridor Rail Workshop (RPA 2016)

Workforce

Recommendations
  • The New England Knowledge Corridor: Knowledge follows geology: the well connected floor of the rift valley. Knowhow, research, innovation, training, job creation. Need to attract and retain talent from outside.
  • Need to train and develop talent locally: and match the education system to the region’s economic strengths and workforce prospects

Resources: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CRCOG 2019), Metro Hartford TOD – Connecting People, Places, and Jobs (HFPG 2019), Knowledge Corridor, Knowledge Corridor Rail Workshop (RPA 2016)

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