Join the Conversation

Meet with neighbors from all over the City

Hartford 2000’s monthly meeting is the one place where people from neighborhoods all over town get together to share what’s happening in their community, hear what’s happening in other neighborhoods, and find ways to work together to make Hartford a great place to be. The Neighborhood Round Table and special guests from the City administration and partner organizations help get us moving on issues that concern us all.

Find out what’s happening in the City Council

Every time Hartford’s Court of Common Council meets  (usually 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month), Hartford 2000 sends out a Preview with a People’s Agenda written in language the ordinary person can understand.  Just before each meeting you can watch “Behind the Gavel,” a show on cable Channel 96 that briefs you on the main issues coming up that night — where H2K hosts. And after the meeting, H2K sends out a Review telling you what happened and what will happen next — upcoming hearings or other actions in which neighbors can get involved to make a difference.

Participate in public meetings about key issues

About once a month — and sometimes more often — H2K sponsors special events, often in collaboration with the Hartford Public Library, on key issues that affect the people of Hartford. A live forum about the proposal for a minor league baseball stadium recently drew more than 350 people, overflowing into to extra rooms, and brought out a wide range of viewpoints on this hot local issue. Other events in the past year have included two sessions on “The People’s Budget,” a primer on “Zoning 101” and three hands-on workshops testing out new zoning concepts that affect every neighborhood.  Free and open to the public, with light refreshments and lively interaction, these events give us all a chance help build a better Hartford. A series on “Asset-Based Community Development” brought potential entrepreneurs together and helped some form teams to enter the SC2 Challenge (“Strong Cities, Strong Communities”), with almost a million dollars in prize money for the best economic development ideas. Get on the H2K email list and you’ll hear about these opportunities all year long.

Find your NRZ and get involved there

H2K’s mission is to strengthen the individual and collective capacity of the Neighborhood Revitalization Zones (NRZs) and serve as an advocate for neighborhood issues. So we encourage you to get involved in your NRZ and help make Hartford a better place by making your own community stronger.  To find your NRZ, click on the interactive map and it will take you to a web page and/or a link to your NRZ’s own website or facebook page.

Our Meeting Schedule

The H2K Board meets from 5:30-8 pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month except August, usually at Hartford City Hall, in the Green Room (Room 100, through the Procurement Office), 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT. The meetings are free and open to the public, and they include a Neighborhood Round Table for sharing news, ideas, and invitations to collaboration. Guest speakers on issues of neighborhood and citywide concern are a regular part of each meeting, and visitors may participate with voice but not vote

Board of Directors

H2K Board of Directors — Leadership

Co-Chairs: Bernadine Silvers and Jackie McKinney

Treasurer: Yvonne Matthews

Secretary: Michael Robbins

Our Committees in Action

Much of the work of H2K is done between Board meetings by committees delegated to carry out designated portions of the organization’s mission. As of Spring 2017, active committees include the following:

Executive Committee — Coordinates H2K’s work, sets Board agenda for the future.

Co-Chairs: Bernadine Silvers and Jackie McKinney

Transition Committee — Keeps Board membership updated on Transition Process.

Co-Chairs: Bongi Magubane and Marion Griffin

Finance & Administration Committee — Figures out how to “keep the trains running” to make sure we can do what we say we will do.

Treasurer: Yvonne Matthews

Membership & Governance Committee — Keeps Board membership updated and ensure the Board is well functioning.

Development Committee — Seeks out new funding sources to make even better things happen through H2K.

Program Committee — Explores new ideas for future events & activities, and works to make them happen.