Connecticut Neighborhood
Revitalization Partnership

In 1995, Connecticut passed an innovative law, the Neighborhood Revitalization Act, which requires the state and its municipalities to break down barriers in response to neighborhoods' comprehensive plans and measurable goals to revitalize their economies and neighborhoods. In 1996, the federal government joined the party. This partnership allows federal barriers to be overcome along with state barriers and allows federal, state, and local partners to work together to improve Connecticut's poorest communities through economic development and neighborhood revitalization. The Neighborhood Revitalization Zone process invites residents, businesses, and municipal officials to develop a strategic plan to revitalize their neighborhood. Grassroots planning and community organizing are the key components of this concept, just as in the Oregon Option, Empowerment Zones, and Enterprise Communities.

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