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Mayor Toni Harp To Participate At PromiseNet 2014


New Haven’s Mayor Toni Harp will play an active role at PromiseNet 2014, which will take place in her Elm City from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21.

Mayor Harp — who helped inspire a new session at PromiseNet called “Speed Data’ing: The Promise of Big Data in Changing Our Cities” — has taken an info-driven approach to address persisting social issues in her city. To better analyze and evaluate both problems and solutions, she has pushed to connect data which has been largely disconnected. The Speed Data’ing session will be moderated by Kellogg Foundation Fellow Mark Abraham, who has been studying New Haven as the Executive Director of Data Haven.


Mayor Harp, who sits on the five-member Board of Directors for New Haven Promise, will also moderate Thursday afternoon’s “The Politics of Promise,” which will explore political stability for these programs of “public good,” particularly in times of transition. She will also address the need for local industry to bring home the Promise investment by hiring young people who want to return to their city… Students whose footprints as role models extend deeply into each neighborhood.

The Promise movement is a powerful means to motivate, incentivize and inspire their young people and the nation’s Promise programs — which are as diverse as our scholars — have doled out a conservative $150 million in private funding for students so far, but that figure could grow exponentially in the next few years.

Two dozen established or aspiring Promise programs from across the country have already registered while many more have expressed intention or interest to explore the initiative at PromiseNet. The states represented include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

If you are interested, we invite you to join us in New Haven. Omni New Haven Hotel rates and registration rates are locked until Oct. 30, so there is little time to delay. PromiseNet is going to be great, but even better with you!