Regionalizing services could bring big cost savings, but Connecticut has historically maintained obstacles to greater cooperation between municipalities.
Cities & Towns
Connecticut has 169 cities and towns. Keep up with their neighborhoods, their municipal governments and regionalization efforts here.
Innovative program helps Lawrence, MA, get off the mat
A program that helps connect parents with jobs and skill-building is helping revitalize a historic mill town.
Cities need ‘a better deal’ as Connecticut digs out of pandemic slump
COVID-19 has worsened already stark racial disparities in Connecticut. Inclusive growth could help ease them.
Pandemic, tax issues give Connecticut a chance to reset economy, strengthen the region
With the coronavirus turning many commuters into at-home workers, Connecticut has a unique chance to reset its economy.
The state’s waste management is in dire straits. Now, its Hartford plant overhaul is uncertain
By board vote, the facility managing a third of the state’s trash may not get the revamp it desperately needs.
Lamont unveils New London harbor deal as quasi-public debate heats up
While the governor celebrated a deal to develop New London harbor and an offshore wind center, the partisan battle over Connecticut’s quasi-publics intensified.
Lamont offers two new job incentive programs
Gov. Ned Lamont unveiled his first legislative proposals Wednesday for 2020: a new incentive program for businesses to expand or relocate jobs to Connecticut and a revised small business assistance initiative.
Louisville: Lessons from a regional city
As Connecticut struggles to shore up its cities, it might look to Louisville — where leaders created a thriving regional city.
Lowell comeback: From textiles to tech, and maybe textiles again
Lowell hasn’t spun dross into gold or been blessed by some other miracle. The city of 111,000 has most of the same issues that challenge other urban areas. But it has steadily moved ahead since the 1980s.
Colleges help drive urban revival, but town-gown relationships can be fraught
Colleges may not have “saved” the cities where they are located, but they advanced urban revitalization.
Can New Haven neighborhoods share in downtown’s prosperity?
Acuity Brands is one of dozens of companies that represent millions in private investment in downtown New Haven. But not everyone is sharing in the growth.
New Haven job training program possible model for other cities
Since 2012, ConnCAT has provided free vocational training in medical billing and coding, phlebotomy and culinary arts fields that have job openings, aided by the relationships the organization has built with employers.
Reviving cities must include the excluded
Inclusive growth calls on cities to revive themselves so that all residents benefit, which has been challenging here in Connecticut and elsewhere.
Bridgeport can learn from Springfield’s revitalization
Springfield, like Bridgeport, is an industrial city that lost its manufacturing base and struggles with poverty and unemployment. But Springfield is on the rise.
Focus group: Bridgeport needs to play up its assets
The Bridgeport focus group discussed the state of development in Bridgeport, and areas where it can improve. It included city residents, as well as those from the neighboring towns of Easton and Stratford.