East Hartford CONNects
East Hartford has been chosen as a recipient of the Federal Reserve Bank’s Working Cities Challenge, a competition among 16 Connecticut communities, each proposing initiatives aimed at bolstering economic equality and workforce development. East Hartford, as one of the five winning Connecticut cities and towns, will receive a grant of $450,000 over a period of three years to support our proposed efforts. Our Initiative officially launched on May 1, 2018, but our team leading the design for our project has been coming together to develop best practices and our model since 2016.
Focused on the Silver Lane neighborhood, there are three main strategies that are part of of East Hartford’s initiative, titled East Hartford CONNects. First we will continue to develop our Employer Centered Partnership, working with local engaged businesses and workforce development resources, to facilitate alignment of regional career pathways with the workforce readiness and underutilized talent pool of local residents. Second, we will facilitate increased access to adult education resources and career-based study for East Hartford public school students, so that work and project based learning is part of the community culture and expectation of every family. Third, we will continue to foster engagement of residents and increase their leadership skills and capacity so that they may be on the forefront of driving, leading, and sustaining the Initiative.
East Hartford CONNects is located in Room 112 at Silver Lane School Elementary School. Please come by to connect with our staff so that we can begin the conversation about what path might work for improving your opportunities in the future.