Congratulations to Liberty Banker Marisol Rodriguez, (seated, second from left), a new member of Middletown’s Working Cities team.
Earlier this year Middletown was chosen as one of five Connecticut cities to receive funding from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to be used to spur local economic growth.
Specifically the group proposes to improve the lives of low-income Middletown residents by decreasing poverty among single heads of households with children under the age of 18. Currently the poverty rate for this cohort stands at 41 percent; in the next decade, the group expects to reduce the poverty rate among these households to 25 percent.
The Working Cities Challenge was originally predicated on the idea that large societal issues, such as economic stimulus, could only be solved by a collaborative consisting of all sectors of the community. Middletown’s team has representatives from higher education, social services, government, business, and most importantly citizens who will benefit from the group’s work.
Community participation will be invited through one-on-one interviews, focus groups, surveys and community interviews.
The next ten years’ work will focus on strengthening community support systems and identifying employment opportunities that can foster greater economic success for single heads of households.