New CW City: New Haven, CT
The forty-second in our CW City series is New Haven, CT. New Haven has a high degree of economic inequality, with the top 20 percent of households earning 6.5 times more than the bottom 20 percent. To address this and other concerns, anchor institutions, non-profits, and the City government, among others, are developing various strategies to build community wealth. For example, the Small Contractor Development Program provides minority and women-owned businesses with technical assistance, mentoring, networking, and loans. All city construction contracts of $150,000 or less are reserved for contractors registered with the program.