Public Investment Community Index

Update:  The Public Investment Community Index for Fiscal Year 2019 is not yet available due a delay in certifying Temporary Family Assistance program data.  The FY 2019 PIC Index will become available at such time that OPM receives the certified data.

Program Description

The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) prepares the Public Investment Community (PIC) index not later than July 15 annually, pursuant to §7-545 of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS).

The PIC index measures the relative wealth and need of Connecticut’s towns by ranking them in descending order by their cumulative point allocations for: (1) per capita income; (2) adjusted equalized net grand list per capita; (3) equalized mill rate; (4) per capita aid to children receiving Temporary Family Assistance program benefits; and (5) unemployment rate.


Pursuant to CGS §7-545 the PIC index includes each town that has a cumulative point ranking in the top quartile of the PIC Index (i.e. the 42 towns with the highest number of points).  When a town’s ranking falls below the top quartile in a given fiscal year, the town's designation as a Public Investment Community continues for that year and the following four fiscal years.  As a result, the PIC index includes certain towns carried over from previous fiscal years.

The PIC index determines eligibility for several financial assistance programs that various agencies administer.  The following chart summarizes these programs.



Administering Agency

CGS Citation

Urban Action Bond Assistance

Funding for certain physical development projects

Office of Policy and Management


Community Economic Development Program

Funding for small businesses and community projects that create jobs or physically improve distressed neighborhoods

Department of Economic and Community Development




Residential Mortgage Guarantee Program

Loans to cover down payments on home mortgage loans

Connecticut Housing Finance Authority


Malpractice Insurance Purchase Program

Malpractice liability insurance for eligible health care professionals providing primary health care services to low-income patients at community health care centers

Department of Public Health


Enterprise Corridor Zone Designation

Certain Public Investment Communities may request Enterprise Corridor Zone designation (a prerequisite for corporate business tax credits and certain property tax relief programs for eligible claimants)

Department of Economic and Community Development


Most of the towns included on the PIC index are eligible to elect for assistance under the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) in lieu of Urban Action Bond assistance, pursuant to CGS §4-66g(b).  An eligible town’s legislative body (or its board of selectmen if the town’s legislative body is the town meeting) must vote to choose STEAP assistance and the town must notify OPM following the vote. STEAP election is valid for four years and the statute allows extensions for additional four-year periods.

STEAP election is not available for Ansonia, Bridgeport, Bristol, Derby, East Hartford, Enfield, Hartford, Killingly, Manchester, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwich, Torrington, Vernon, Waterbury, West Haven and Windham.

Download the FY 2019 Public Investment Community Index (link will appear here when available)

Download the FY 2018 Public Investment Community Index (.xlsx)

Download the FY 2017 Public Investment Community Index (.xlsx)

Download the FY 2016 Public Investment Community Index (.xlsx)

Download the FY 2015 Public Investment Community Index (.xlsx)

Download the FY 2014 Public Investment Community Index (.xlsx)

Download the FY 2013 Public Investment Community Index (.xlsx)

Download the FY 2012 Public Investment Community Index (.xlsx)