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Larson, Blumenthal and Murphy Announce Federal Jobs Grant for the Promise Zone's Youth

January 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy announced that the City of Hartford will receive a $249,375 Performance Partnership Pilot grant from the U.S. Department of Education to engage 100 youth in the North End Promise Zone. The City will work with the State of Connecticut, Capital Workforce Partners, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, and two employer partnerships—Metro Hartford Alliance for Careers in Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership—to help create career pathways for youth in the Promise Zone between the ages of 14 and 24 years old.

“I am pleased that the City of Hartford was able to secure this grant to help youth in Hartford’s North End,” said Larson. “This is exactly the reason why we worked so hard to get a Promise Zone designation for the 06120, so that Hartford’s poorest neighborhood would be able to get the resources it needs. I will soon be reintroducing the Promise Zone Job Creation Act, that will create new tax credits to encourage employers to invest in and hire residents of Promise Zones. I look forward to engaging more residents and stakeholders to help secure more aid for the 06120.”

“This funding provides hope and a pathway towards career success for Hartford youth, a road that is critical to the future of both our youth and the local community. I applaud the U.S. Department of Education for making this wise investment,” said Blumenthal.

“This federal grant is exactly why we fought so hard for North Hartford to receive a Promise Zone designation. Because of the Promise Zone, North Hartford skipped to the front of the line and secured this investment that will make a real difference in a hundred kids’ lives. Through incredible organizations like Capital Workforce Partners and C-CAT and corporate partnerships with Metro Hartford Alliance and Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership, these young people will learn important career and personal skills to put them on a path towards success. While North Hartford has seen some tough times, there’s some much potential in this community’s young people—and this grant is a small step to help us get there,” said Murphy.