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City of Hartford Launches Economic Development Competition to Spur Job Growth

(March 12, 2014)  Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the launch of Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) at the Colt Gateway. SC2 Hartford is a two-phased competition that offers cash prizes—totaling $900,000—to encourage teams to create economic development plans for the city.


The overarching goals of SC2 Hartford are to position Hartford as the city where entrepreneurs start and grow companies, and to capture ideas that spur job growth and drive urban revitalization. Hartford is one of only three cities to win this highly competitive grant from the Obama Administration; Greensboro, NC and Las Vegas, NV are the other honorees.

“Hartford has an incredible community of entrepreneurs who are pushing the envelope on ideas, innovation and product design,” said Mayor Segarra. “City government must feed innovation, and this is a tremendous opportunity to promote new ideas and focus that creative energy on developing Hartford into one of the Best Capital Cities in America.”

Participants must register by July 24, 2014 for the two-phased competition. Proposals, due September 22, will be reviewed by a panel of community leaders who will award cash prizes of $60,000, $30,000 and $10,000 to the top three proposals. These three teams, and other selected finalists will advance to Phase II, where they will further develop their proposals into detailed, actionable plans. Six cash prizes totaling $800,000, including a top prize of $500,000, will be awarded to the winning plans. 

Additional community outreach events will be announced. The first one is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25 at 5:00pm at Colt Gateway. For more information or to begin registering a team, go to:http://sc2hartford.com or download here:  http://www.hartford.gov/images/mayors/sc2_press_kit.pdf.


For Immediate Release: March 12, 2014

Contact: Maribel La Luz

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