The third edition of “Metro Hartford Progress Points”, a report from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, looks at what is needed in the region to attract and retain a skilled workforce. Scott Gaul, director of the Foundation’s Community Indicator Project, says recent graduates are looking for walkable communities that are close to public transportation, restaurants and entertainment. Unfortunately, the study found that four-year graduates are leaving Metro Hartford in larger numbers than any other metro region in the country.
Recent and soon to come changes in both transportation (CTfastrak, Hartford Line) and downtown college locations (University of Saint Joseph, UConn branch) were cited in the report as positive movement towards retaining younger workers. Also in the good news column, Gaul said the foundation has held “Progress Points Forums” to discuss issues such as housing and transportation, workforce and economic development, and the school system, all issues raised by the previous edition of the report.