NEW BRITAIN – The MLK Corridors Initiative steering committee met at City Hall Thursday afternoon to listen to feedback received from sponsors and plan their next steps in redeveloping the area surrounding Martin Luther King Drive.
“I just want to say congratulations on giving the greatest image of unity between the educational and city leaders of all the corridor areas so far,” said steering committee member the Rev. Carl McCluster.
Earlier this month, the city presented its ideas to state sponsors funding the program, which focused on economic development, improving education, increasing affordable housing and street recognition. The city was selected to take part in the initiative, along with Middletown and Norwalk, which was created to remedy adverse conditions in neighborhoods with streets named after King.
“They described the presentation as well thought out and focused presentation,” said McCluster. “The exciting thing is that a couple of the things we have mentioned are already under discussion up there.”
McCluster went on to say that the Community Economic Development Fund is ready to immediately engage with the city.
“CEDF is ready to immediately put in place a set of training and opportunity sessions for entrepreneurs and for people that want to start businesses and for existing business owners,” he said.
CEDF has also committed to organizing its annual meeting in New Britain on the 25th anniversary, McCluster said.
“I think the more we do, the more things come to us because people see a trusted process,” said McCluster.
Funding the program includes the Department of Banking, the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Labor that have set aside money from the overall budgets to fund the initiative in addition to several sponsors. Faith, Restoration, Empowerment and Economic Development Outreach Ministries were selected to implement the program.
The steering committee is seeking community feedback through an online survey which is available in English or Spanish.
For English, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/FYRZSPQ
For Spanish, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/NY7WMD2
For more information, visit faithandresults.com/mlknewbritain