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Upper Albany Main Street Receives EDDY Award
The EDDY Awards, which were given out earlier this month, recognize outstanding economic development initiatives in Connecticut.
Upper Albany Main Street, an initiative of neighborhood business owners and the university’s Barney School of Business, won top honors in the Inner-City/Urban category. Working along the Albany Avenue/Route 44 commercial corridor in Hartford, the organization’s mission is to preserve, revitalize and support the commercial district of Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood.
Founded in 2000, Upper Albany worked to achieve “National Main Street Community” designation for the neighborhood. Upper Albany Main Street has also acquired a street vacuum and organized streetscape planting events to help keep the neighborhood clean, and worked with the Hartford Courant on editorials and newspaper supplements to promote positive activity on Albany Avenue.
Last year, Upper Albany Main Street won an EDDY Award in the Program category for the Micro Business Incubator program. Under this ongoing program, Barney students work directly with small business owners on Albany Avenue to help them grow.