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Doing business in the Hartford Region is advantageous for U.S. firms and international companies alike. With an optimal North American location and home to the world’s 3rd best airport (Conde Nast Traveler, 2018), global businesses choose Hartford for its connectivity, top-notch talent and concentration of major corporations. Fortune 500 companies in the area include: Aetna, United Technologies, Cigna, The Hartford, Stanley Black & Decker, and Eversource Energy. We are also home to 27 company headquarters that produce $1+ billion in annual revenue.

Access & Proximity to Markets

The Hartford Region is within 8 hours of:

  • More than 33% of the U.S. population and 68% of the Canadian population
  • 42 million jobs
  • 2.6 million companies
  • 20% of U.S. GDP
  • 60% of Canadian GDP

How Connecticut and Our Region Ranks

  • #1 state for Fortune 500 companies per capita
  • 3rd in the nation in readiness for the knowledge-based economy
  • Top 6% of North American regions for the arts
  • #1 metro for airplane engines & parts
  • #1 state for insurance jobs per capita
  • #1 highest salaries in safe, affordable metros
  • #1 happiest state in the northeast
  • Top 5 most innovative state

Business Services

For companies considering the Hartford Region, the MetroHartford Alliance can provide business services and resources that streamline the location or expansion process. Ask us about:

  • Site selection assistance (including incentives)
  • Immigration assistance
  • Permitting information
  • Logistics information (warehousing, transportation, customs brokerage)
  • Real estate agents
  • Private capital

Hartford Region Transportation

Hartford is a highly connected metro region in the northeastern U.S. The region boasts excellent transportation infrastructure through Bradley International Airport and the intersections of New England’s major highways: I-84, I-90, I-91, and I-95 that travels the entire East Coast.


Bradley International Airport was ranked the nation’s 3rd best airport by Conde Nast Traveler in 2018 and offers over 200 flights daily to 32 domestic and international destinations in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and Mexico.

Commuter Rail

The Hartford Line deploys 17 trains per day that connect Hartford to Springfield, MA and New Haven, CT, and there is easy access to New York City via MetroNorth.

Freight Rail

There are ten privately owned freight railroad companies operating in Connecticut.

A Well-Connected Urban Core

From a bus system that serves 26 towns in the Hartford Region to Connecticut’s first Bus Rapid Transit system to programs that make bicycling and walking safer, Hartford’s well-connected transportation infrastructure supports convenient access for the workforce to move throughout the region.