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Winning Projects: Year 2

In Year Two of Hartford Decide$ (July 2016 through April 2017), Hartford residents decided how to spend $250,000 in City Capital Improvement funds, which have been allocated by the Hartford Court of Common Council. Project ideas were formed through a series of community brainstorming meetings and on-line. Volunteers participated in Action Teams, with the helpd of City Staff, to determine which ideas would be developed into project proposals. The final project proposals were placed on the ballot for voting by Hartford residents in March of 2017.


The Hartford Decide$ process involved a series of meetings, volunteer work, and decisions that feed into the City's annual budget cycle. Project decisions will be submitted to Hartford City Government to be included in the Mayor's "Recommended Capital Budget for  Fiscal Year  2017-18." 


Small Green Plants

1st Place: $75,000

Keep Kids Cool

Solar Operations

2nd Place: $20,000

Laptops 4 Learning


Keep Kids Cool

125 shade trees were planted at 5 Hartford Public Schools: Batchelder School, Hartford Public High School, Journalism & Media Academy, Museum Academy at Wish, and SAND School where sun-beaten parking lots, playgrounds, and other exposed areas overheat our children. 

Laptops 4 Learning

Many Hartford youth visit branch libraries to use computers after school. Technology is necessary for these kids to meet their learning objectives and yet there aren’t enough computers for everyone. This project will purchase 15 laptops to be used by patrons at two Hartford Library branches – 10 at Albany Branch and 5 at Park Branch.
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