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Forums to Focus on Housing, Transportation, Jobs and Education 10/8, 11/20, 12/11

Last year, the first edition of Metro Hartford Progress Points was published in an effort to identify and better understand the critical education, income and opportunity gaps that exist in our region. This year, the nine regional organizations that comprise the Metro Hartford Progress Partnership are continuing the discussion, looking for ways to improve access to better schools, better jobs and stronger neighborhoods for everyone in the region.

How can we change the trajectory for the Hartford region and increase access to opportunity? Three key questions emerged from this year's report, which we will explore in a series of forums this fall:

Access to stronger neighborhoods:
How can housing and transportation connect people to opportunity?

Thursday, October 8, 2015  -  7:30 - 9:00 AM
Location: Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut 06110
Moderated by: Tom Condon / Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Hartford Courant
Register at hfpg.org/events using the Event Code: PROGRESS1

Access to better jobs:
Where are the opportunities to find work at living wages in Metro Hartford?

Friday, November 20, 2015  -  7:30 - 9:00 AM
Location: Manchester Community College, Great Path Academy (GPA) Commons, 60 Bidwell St, Manchester, CT 06040
Moderated by: Gena Glickman / President, Manchester Community College
Register at hfpg.org/events using the Event Code: PROGRESS2

Access to better schools:
How will declining enrollment and school choice shape our region's schools?

Friday, December 11, 2015  -  7:30 - 9:00 AM
Location: Trinity College, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106
Moderated by: Richard Sugarman / Executive Director, Hartford Promise
Register at hfpg.org/events using the Event Code: PROGRESS3

The goal of these forums is to highlight potential solutions to these questions and key barriers to implementing solutions.

Who should attend the forums? Anyone interested in changing the direction for the Hartford region, especially practitioners, decision-makers and others with experience in the areas we will be discussing. If that's you, we want to hear your voice!

At each forum, a panel of experts will discuss their own work and examples of what's working. What did it take to achieve change? What were the obstacles or barriers to change? A moderator-led discussion will then focus on ways to increase access to opportunity in housing, transportation, jobs and schools through better community engagement, policies or investments. We will capture the ideas raised at each forum and report out on the key takeaways from the entire series in early 2016.

For questions, please contact: progresspoints@hfpg.org or Scott Gaul at 860-548-1888 x 1033. We will distribute directions and a two-page background brief on each topic to all registrants prior to each session.

Here is a link to the Progress Points Report.

Capital Workforce Partners is a Progress Points Partner