Event: Opportunities for Growth in the Knowledge Corridor

On October 25th, 2011 America 2050, Regional Plan Association, and the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation are co-sponsoring an event that will explore ways to leverage the recent investments in the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail project to spur development, job creation, and economic growth in the Knowledge Corridor region.

Thumbnail image for nhhs_rail.pngConnecticut is moving forward with plans to improve passenger rail service in the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield corridor in Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. These rail improvements will allow the frequency of passenger rail service in the corridor to increase to every half hour at peak times. Participants in the event will identify strategies that the region must implement in order to maximize the economic impact of this project.

Event Details:
What: The New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Project: Opportunities for Economic Growth
When: 9:00 am - Noon
Where: Hartford Marriott Rocky Hill
100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT (Interstate-91, Exit 23)

Steve Fitzroy - Vice President, Economic Development Research Group
Dan Hodge - Principal Economist at HDR Decision Economics
David Kooris - Vice President, Regional Plan Association
Kip Bergstrom - Deputy Commissioner at Connecticut's Department of Economic and Community Development

Register by clicking here.

For more information on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail project, visit www.nhhsrail.com. For more information on the October 25th event, call 860-594-2002 or email Ann Calafiore with ConnDOT at ann.calafiore@ct.gov.

This is the second event America 2050 has co-sponsored in the Knowledge Corridor region that examined strategies for achieving greater economic growth in the region based on the passenger rail investments that the state and federal government have recently made in the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail corridor. The first workshop, "Dependable Rail in 2016: What Will It Mean for the Knowledge Corridor Region," on June 3rd in Hartford, CT convened about 90 people, and featured experts Patricia Quinn of Maine's Downeaster Service and Gene Skoropowski, who ran the Capitol Corridor in California. They shared their case studies, which highlighted the benefits that were achieved through modest investments in passenger rail and the economic development strategies that proved successful, such as:

  • Effective marketing campaigns that boosted ridership,
  • Working well with host freight railroads to achieve on time performance,
  • Attracting private investment around station areas,
  • Developing partnerships that brought together municipalities, and
  • Maximizing connecting transit services that brought riders to their final destinations.

This event was also co-sponsored by Capitol Region Council of Governments and Urban Land Institute-Boston.

Click here for more information and to download the briefing materials, PowerPoints, and audio files from this event.

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