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Economic Development


Wayne I. Benjamin, Director
Economic Development 



The Economic Development Group works to create an environment in Hartford that is conducive to growing and attracting businesses.


You can count on the Economic Development Group to bring the right people together to make things happen. Entrepreneurial. Knowledgeable. Driven. The Economic Development staff has the skills, tools and relationships to provide extensive support to current and prospective businesses of all sizes and to make it smart to do business in Hartford.


Small Business Development
Provide technical assistance to neighborhood businesses and entrepreneurs interested in starting new businesses. Services are provided by a team of Small Business Specialists who walk the commercial corridors and build productive relationships with business owners.

For more information on Services such as permitting assistance, business planning, loan packaging and quality of life concerns, click here. 

Corporate & Industrial Development
Our team works with commercial services firms, industrial companies, real estate professionals, and retailers on projects that retain and create jobs while also spurring investment in the city. We help businesses with identifying sources of private and public funding, gaining access to available tax credits and incentives, and navigating the permitting and approval process. We also offer site selection assistance to ensure that Hartford is considered for expansion, recruitment and retention opportunities. For more information on our services, click here.

Hartford Redevelopment Agency and Neighborhood Development
The Hartford Redevelopment Agency (HRA) establishes and manages Redevelopment Plans. To meet the goals for each plan, the HRA may purchase targeted properties through negotiated acquisitions or through the use of eminent domain. Following acquisition, properties are sold and redeveloped in accordance with the plan. HRA currently manages over eighteen Redevelopment Plans throughout the city.

Neighborhood Development efforts center on providing assistance to developers and neighborhood groups to ensure that blighted and underutilized properties are renovated and put back to productive reuse. In addition to providing technical assistance with business plans and attracting financing to projects, staff works to develop productive relationships between developers and community stakeholders.

For more information on the work of the Hartford Redevelopment Agency and efforts to revitalize Hartford neighborhoods, click here.

City of Hartford Property for Sale

City-owned properties can offer unique economic development opportunities.  For more information on City-owned properties being offered for sale through Request for Proposal (RFP) processes please click on the following links:

Hartford Redevelopment Agency Property for Sale

HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM