A survey of Greater Hartford residents reveals they would rather see investments aimed at creating vibrant communities, with the focus on local schools, transportation options, walkable, attractive physical environment than providing greater resources to recruiting employers, says CT by the Numbers.
The results are from a survey conducted by Inform CT for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving as part of their Metro Hartford Progress Points effort. The survey found that residents of Hartford and Tolland County felt that investing in communities was a better approach than recruiting businesses by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent.
One interesting finding revealed by the data was the stark contrast among respondents based on age. Older individuals – those over age 46 – believed recruiting companies was the better investment by wide margin, 63%-38%. It was the opposite for those aged 36-45 who preferred investing in communities by almost the same margin, 67%-33%. Overall, the finding that more people prefer investment in vibrant communities has been the trend in other surveys across the country.