In Norwich, the Working Cities Challenge initiative will implement system changes in service delivery to better coordinate child care, adult job training, and other services to address the needs of the whole family. This will include increasing the supply of workers with in-demand competencies by partnering with industry and education/training providers, workshops, and utilizing other tools to create a talent pipeline to support key industries.
- City of Norwich
- Office of the Mayor
- Human Services department
- Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region
- Chelsea Groton Bank
- Norwich Public Schools
- St. Vincent De Paul Place
- Southeastern Employment Services
- Norwich Area Clergy Association
- Connecticut Department of Children and Families
- United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
- Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
The Norwich Working Cities Challenge initiative will increase the number of low-income and diverse households who become financially stable by 20 percent over the next ten years by investing in economic development and cross-sector initiatives that will create a workforce that aligns with local industry needs.
Economic Growth Challenge:
A 2016 study revealed that 47 percent of Norwich residents cannot afford basic needs. The cost of living continues to increase faster than workers' wages. The cost of basic household necessities has increased by 14 percent placing additional financial burdens on these households. Through cross-sector collaborations and the expansion of existing programs, the city can create innovative ways to increase the earning potential of its residents and create an economically viable community where people choose to live and work.