New Haven, CT was among the 50 cities recently announced by the National League of Cities to participate in the $100 million City Innovation Ecosystem Program. This program recognizes cities that have made specific and significant commitments to support their local innovation economies and provides resources to help grow a new generation of talent and innovation driven businesses.
New Haven’s commitment is to double the number of professional software coders by 2022. This goal is part of the city’s new joint effort to become “the city that codes”. The effort has three key strategies:
· Inclusive recruitment to engage those in the community currently detached from the tech sector;
· Skill development through informal clubs, short academies and other stepping stones to skills; and
· Professional-level training at a new satellite location of Silicon Valley’s Holberton School.
New Haven’s program builds from the city’s recent work to support innovation through CTNext’s Innovation Places program. Ninigret Partners, working with the Elm City Innovation Collaborative and other local partners, prepared the strategic plan and submission that led the award for the CTNext program. NP has also been actively involved in providing strategic advice to the city on growing its digital and biotech sectors.
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