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Bridgeport's Vision Receives $50,000 Boost In Innovation Places State Grant

Bridgeport Regional Business Foundation President Mickey Herbert. The BRBF is the local fiduciary for the Innovation Places Planning Grant.
Bridgeport Regional Business Foundation President Mickey Herbert. The BRBF is the local fiduciary for the Innovation Places Planning Grant. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The city with industrialization at its roots will move forward with plans for the future thanks to the Innovation Places Planning Grant of $50,000 awarded to Bridgeport by CTNext.

The funding will support entrepreneurs and leaders in developing places that attract the talent high-growth enterprises need, according to the announcement by Mayor Joe Ganim.

Support areas include financing, technical support, business networking programs, employee amenities, and/or inexpensive/subsidized real estate spaces.

Bridgeport is one of 12 cities to receive the economic boost.

The grants are to help communities carry out a strategic planning process to better understand the relevant emerging conditions, risks, and opportunities they face, said the announcement.

"Bridgeport has always been a city of great manufacturing and innovation and will continue to be for the future, even if our new knowledge-based economy will look different from our industrial past," said Ganim.

"As we build major economic momentum in Bridgeport, the strategic plan this grant allows us to put together will put focus on those areas in our city that can be a real engine for growth. This will also allow us to compete for a significant investment of state dollars into Bridgeport for further creativity and economic empowerment."

The grant application was prepared by the new Bridgeport Innovation Places team. Its applicant and fiscal agent is Bridgeport Regional Business Foundation, Inc.

The foundation's president Mickey Herbert said the grant "is designed to foster and promote exactly the type of creative thinking that is the lifeblood of Bridgeport’s future."

The BIP is focused on learning from local innovators, pursuing new business ideas, developing new technologies, or exploiting existing technologies in new ways, said the announcement.

A portion of the grant will be used for those purposes.

Workshops will run Jan. 23 to 27. These two-hour focus group with refreshments are to share your opinions and perspectives. Those interested may contact Natalie Pryce for details at prycelessconsulting@gmail.com or Ed Lavernoich at lavernoich@brbc.org .

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