Progress Points

Metro Hartford Progress Points

A Look at Progress and Promise in Our Communities

Inside the Report


Metro Hartford Progress Points

Developed by a group of key regional stakeholders, Metro Hartford Progress Points is a periodic 'check-up' to build greater understanding about issues facing the Greater Hartford community. The third edition of Progress Points focuses on five related themes and how we can support meaningful change.

-The Next Generation


-Job Growth


-Leadership & Civic Engagement

Our Challenges

What can we do to retain and attract skilled workers to our region?

Metro Hartford retains the fewest four-year grads of any metro region

How can new transit options and amenities spur growth in communities?

Many of our region's residents want walkable areas with amenities

How can we ensure quality education for all students despite scarce resources?

Hartford public school students still have low scores in math and science

See all the numbers. Download the full report.

Regional Thinking

What has worked?
What can we do differently?

Regional thinking is not new to Metro Hartford, even if the effectiveness of our actions has been inconsistent. In the absence of regional government, we must rely on informal, voluntary collaboration among regional leaders to address regional challenges. This chart shows a few examples. (Click here to view a larger version.)

How do we learn from our region's past to shape a more successful future?

Sponsors & Partners

Where will we see meaningful change?

The Next Generation
attracting and retaining millennials

  • Towns are creating walkable areas near transporation through transit-oriented development along the CT Fastrak corridor and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line.
  • Colleges and universities, including Trinity College, UConn and University of Saint Joseph, are expanding their presence in downtown Hartford.
  • Groups like Metro Hartford Alliance's Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE), United Way's Emerging Leaders and the Urban League's Young Professionals continue to engage and connect millennials with each other and the region.

connecting people to opportunity in the region

  • Regional, state and federal efforts are expanding transportation options and redesigning existing infrastructure to better meet the needs of today's population and employers.

Job Growth
aligning workforce and economic development

  • Innovation hubs like reSET, Make Hartford and Axis 901, and entrepreneur support centers like Innovation Destination Hartford, offer business advisory services and other supports to help small businesses thrive.
  • Several regional collaboratives are creating career pathways and bridging middle schools, high schools, higher education, adult education, employers and workforce development.
  • The federally-designated North Hartford Promise Zone and the Working Cities Challenge are opportunities to bring in new local and federal sources of funding.

ensuring a quality education for all

  • Local funders and nonprofits are creating new connections between superintendents and administrators in underperforming districts.
  • Our state and region will be called upon to address educational disparities through Sheff vs. O'Neill and -- potentially -- financial disparities through Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding vs. Rell.

A Snapshot of the Greater Hartford Region

What does it mean to live in Metro Hartford? It means we are more than a collection of individual cities and towns. We are a Region. Let's make Metro Hartford the best home it can be for all of us.

Together, we can make a change for the better, for all.