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The Connecticut Working Cities Challenge is a grant competition that supports collaborative, community-wide leadership and promotes ambitious initiatives to improve the lives of low-income people in Connecticut’s small and mid-size cities.

The initiatives extend over a three-year period and aim to spur workforce development and job creation. Each initiative team receives technical assistance and shares best practices with a community of experts and like-minded groups and organizations.

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What makes a community eligible?

A population exceeding 25,000

Median family incomes below the state's median family income

Poverty rates above the state poverty rate

Implementation Grant Winners

Design Grant Winners

  • Bridgeport
  • New Britain
  • New Haven
  • Norwich
  • Torrington

Eligible Communities

  • Bridgeport
  • Bristol
  • Danbury
  • East Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Meriden
  • Middletown
  • New Britain
  • New Haven
  • New London
  • Norwich
  • Torrington
  • Waterbury
  • West Haven
  • Windham

Steering Committee

  • Lissette Andino, Eversource
  • Jessica Cabanillas, State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management
  • Karla Fortunato, CT Council for Philanthropy
  • Nicole Grant, The Avangrid Foundation
  • Erin Haberman, Travelers Foundation
  • Marybeth McGuire, Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals / BI Cares Foundation
  • Tim Perra and Abby Dreher, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Richard Porth, United Way of Connecticut
  • Alice Pritchard, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
  • Judy McBride, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Chantel Rush, The Kresge Foundation
  • Joanie Straussman Brandon, NeighborWorks America
  • Michelle Volpe, Blue Hub Capital
  • Commissioner Kurt Westby, State of Connecticut Department of Labor

Advisory Committee

  • Becca Allen, Secure Jobs CT, Melville Charitable Trust
  • Dean Andrews and Jill Hutensky, Bank of America
  • Greg Butler, Eversource
  • Jim Horan, Local Initiative Support Corporation
  • Melissa Kaplan-Macey, Regional Plan Association (RPA)
  • Kathy Luria, Webster Bank
  • Sue Murphy and Glenn Davis, Liberty Bank Foundation
  • Karrin Smoley, Charter Communications
  • Betty Sugerman Weintraub, CT Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA)
  • Rosa Rada, Director, State of CT ‘2Gen’, Office of Early Childhood

Funding Partners