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Connecticut State Capitol in downtown Hartford

The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership constitutes an economic and cultural partnership between the Connecticut River cities of Springfield, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; and surrounding towns. Formalized by business and education leaders in 2000[1] at the Big E in West Springfield, the partnership seeks to engender economic and cultural opportunities for New England's second most populous region (after Greater Boston), with 1.86 million residents and 120,000 college students. The Hartford-Springfield area hosts 32 colleges and universities, and thus received the moniker Knowledge Corridor from regional boosters.

Hartford and Springfield share a common Connecticut River heritage since their respective foundings in 1635 and 1636. During the mid-20th century, the cities shared a dramatic loss of industry during economic restructuring, with movement of the middle class to the suburbs following growth of highways, and disastrous though well-intended urban renewal projects. Knowledge Corridor initiatives attempt to rectify these problems.

While Hartford and Springfield's urban cores lie only 25 miles apart (with Bradley International Airport situated midway between them), the Hartford-Springfield metro region includes outlying cities such as Northampton and Amherst to the north in Massachusetts's Pioneer Valley, and Middletown, Connecticut to the south.

The New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Commuter Rail Line is intended to unite the region and ease residents' dependence on car traffic on Interstate 91.[2]

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Economy

The region has a workforce of 1.1 million people and 41,000 businesses.

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Notable Companies

Higher education institutions

Public college and universities

Community and technical colleges

Private college and universities

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