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Hartford wins!

Hartford is one of only three cities in the country to be selected, as part of a competitive process, to participate in the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge. The purpose of the initiative is to challenge people like you to form a team and develop a transformative Economic Development Plan—one that establishes Hartford as The City for entrepreneurs. The goal is big, maybe even audacious. So are the rewards. Teams that develop winning plans will be awarded from a total pool of $800,000. You’ve got a lot of work to do. Let’s get started!

Message From Mayor Segarra

It’s a privilege to join Las Vegas, Nevada, and Greensboro, North Carolina, as a premiere SC2 City. This initiative, the SC2 Hartford Challenge, will advance my administration’s goal to serve as a national model for urban revitalization. Hartford’s winning SC2 plans will be detailed and actionable, and will make Hartford the place where entrepreneurs start their businesses and then stay to grow. Hartford has a long and proud history of industry and innovation. The SC2 Hartford Challenge will prove instrumental in shaping our future.

I strongly encourage you to be part of it.

Mayor Pedro E. Segarra



Your first step is to register. You will find tools and instructions to guide you throughout the entire SC2 Hartford Challenge. The proposal process is divided into three stages:


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