WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1) and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) on Thursday for awarding a $2.8 million grant to help build a food-focused business incubator and manufacturing facility at the Swift Factory complex in North Hartford. The project – which will be called the Swift Community Food and Business Development Center – is expected to create 125 jobs and spur $9.75 million in private investment. North Hartford receives priority consideration for federal grants like this as a result of their Promise Zone designation. The nearly $3 million grant will build on the city’s Promise Zone initiative to create jobs and boost economic activity in the community.