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Friday, March 8 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Combating Disinvestment In North Hartford Through Community Engagement

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After 50 years of disinvestment in the the North Hartford Promise Zone, Community Solutions has broken ground on the Swift Factory, a brownfield site in the heart of the neighborhood. The historic factory was once the neighborhood’s largest employer, but has been vacant since 2005.  Soon it will resume its role as the neighborhood’s economic engine becoming a multi-tenant, food business hub.

Having been approached by local leaders in 2010, Community Solutions has been engaging the community, through a social equity lens to understand the needs, wants, and vision for the factory, and the neighborhood. The Swift Factory’s transformation is a key building block in creating greater stability and prosperity for residents of North Hartford. Outside the walls of the factory, community engagement continues in the development of resident leaders, building block clubs; and identifying and impacting systems that created the current landscape of blight, evictions and transiency.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss equitable community development in ethnically and economically diverse communities.
  2. Define processes and procedures that public and private partners can partake in for successful equitable community development.
  3. Advocate for tools and resources that support equitable development in community.
  4. Illustrate community engagement methods that support civic dialogue from a diverse audience.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 1.5 HRS

Speakers
avatar for Patrick McKenna

Patrick McKenna

Senior Project Manager, Community Solutions
As a Senior Project Manager, Patrick is responsible for the day to day management of the real estate development activities from concept to construction completion for the Hartford, CT projects as part of the Inspiring Places team. Prior to Community Solutions, Patrick worked as an... Read More →
avatar for John Thomas

John Thomas

Coordinator, Community Engagement, Community Solutions
As Coordinator for Community Engagement, John engages residents, community organizations and leadership of Hartford's North Neighborhood through Community Solutions' North Hartford Partnership. Through community meeting attendance and networking, John establishes strong community... Read More →
avatar for Amber Elliott

Amber Elliott

Housing Director, North Hartford Partnership, Community Solutions
Amber Elliott is the Community Based Improvement Advisor for Catalytic Projects, where she works to empower residents and co-create a neighborhood of choice through physical development. Amber is a Detroit native and prior to her arrival to Hartford worked for the Detroit Land Bank... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Burke Auditorium Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Social Justice, Community Engagement
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 1.5 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Intermediate