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Hartford Selected for Bloomberg Challenge Grant

HARTFORD — Hartford was one of 35 Champion Cities recently selected  as a finalist in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition by Bloomberg Philanthropies that encourages city leaders to pursue bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face.

In October, four cities will receive $1 million awards and one will receive a grand prize of $5 million to bring their ideas to life.

Hartford’s proposal, Alleviating Child Trauma in Our Neighborhoods, uses the City’s ShotSpotter technology to ensure that educators, early childhood professionals, and youth support organizations are able to recognize and respond in real time when a child has been exposed to the trauma of gun violence.

“In too many communities around the country, young people who are exposed to the trauma of gun violence in their neighborhoods never get the support, treatment, or even the acknowledgement that they need,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Our proposal was designed to help provide timely support and assistance to kids exposed to gun violence in our own community.

The city will work with stakeholders including Hartford Public Schools, the Hartford Police Department, and the Village for Families and Children to further develop the plan, Bronin said.

Research shows that more than 76 percent of youth who are exposed to gun violence nationally are never referred to care, and traumatic stress from that exposure can result in persistent emotional and cognitive damage.

The city’s proposal was selected from a pool of more than 320 applications.  Hartford now advances to the six-month “Test, Learn, and Adapt” phase of the competition. Cities will refine their ideas during this process with up to $100,000, as well as personalized support from innovation experts, to test and begin building support for their urban innovations and submit a new application in August 2018.

Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

For more information, visit mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org and @BloombergCities on Twitter and Instagram.

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