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(March 19, 2015) The Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge is in the final phase and representatives from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) are at City Hall this week meeting with the finalists and judges. On Friday, the City of Hartford will host a presentation led by Jaison Morgan, managing principal of The Common Pool and designer of the SC2 Challenge. Mr. Morgan and EDA representatives will discuss the SC2 Hartford Challenge, as well as the value of using competitions to spur innovation and enhance the quality of proposals. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

On Thursday, March 26, the city will host a bus tour to present current economic development activities and areas of impact for the SC2 Challenge. The goal is to provide SC2 Hartford teams with an overview of the broader economic development landscape. Space on the bus tour is limited. 

“The SC2 Challenge is a creative approach to economic development and urban revitalization that draws talent from within our community. I’m proud that our City is part of this process and look forward to seeing the winning plans,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.

The SC2 Challenge is a global competition designed to invite new ideas for economic development, business incubation and community acceleration. The challenge is a key component of the Obama Administration’s SC2 initiative launched in 2011 to help strengthen neighborhoods, towns, cities, and regions around the country. Hartford finalists will present their projects to the public on April 8, 2015 and to the judges in early May. Winners will be announced publicly the first week of June. A $500,000 cash prize is available to the best plan that meets the needs of local leaders. Other finalists will receive significant cash prizes based on the quality of their submissions.

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