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Hello & Goodbye
This month a bittersweet transition takes place at CMSC as founding CEO John Simone passes the baton to incoming CEO Patrick McMahon. All of us here at CMSC wish John the very best as he begins his retirement, and thank him for his many years of hard work and passionate dedication to CT's main streets. At the same time we heartily welcome Patrick to the CMSC family, and know you'll join us in supporting his efforts to catalyze CT's main streets as the cornerstones of thriving communities. 
CMSC Partnering with Leadership Greater Hartford to Foster Strong Local Leaders  
Main Street communities will be able to take advantage of training and tools from Leadership Greater Hartford under a new strategic partnership CMSC announced today. CMSC recently surveyed its members and found local organizations and partnerships - whether they be nonprofit organizations, public/private partnerships, or municipalities - are looking for assistance in cultivating working relationships with leaders already in their communities. The unique partnership between CMSC and LGH aims to connect local main street advocates with leadership and organizational development expertise, training, and support that will enable Connecticut's downtowns to thrive. The benefits of taking advantage of this training include more effective civic collaborations and communities that are healthier and more inclusive
Read the press release here.
Help Protect Federal Historic Tax Credits
a proven track record of stimulating economic growth and preserving our architectural heritage, the federal historic tax credit faces an uncertain future. As pressure builds to reform the nation's tax code, several influential tax reform proposals recommend a repeal of this essential credit.
However, the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act will increase the number of historic buildings across the country that can benefit from historic tax credits and thus enable more rehabilitation projects. 
Re-Mains of the Day
Bridgeport DSSD Says Farewell to Mike Moore -
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District is looking for a new downtown management professional after Mike Moore's departure on August 11th. As President of the DSSD, Mike was a tremendous asset to the organization and a tireless cheerleader of the city's revival, which he proudly displayed during our CMSC/CEDAS Networking event in April. CMSC wishes Mike the best of luck in his new position at the Stamford DSSD. Those interested in applying for the Bridgeport downtown management professional position can view the post here.
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London Piloting New Traffic Pattern on Bank Street
- A new traffic design intended to ease congestion and aggressive driving is being piloted on Bank Street in New London. The change, effective as of July 27th, and lasting approximately 90 days, is intended to better facilitate on-street parking, increase pedestrian safety, promote development, and improve the image of the Central Bank Street business district. For more information and to provide feedback, contact Sybil Tetteh, City Planner at

New Process Simplifies CCAPA Award Nominations -
The CT Chapter of the American Planning Association is now accepting 2017 Awards Nominations using a simplified nominating process. Simply email a paragraph about your nomination for an outstanding project, people or place along with contact information to the Awards Committee by October 6th. Click here for more information.

National Endowment for the Arts Placemaking Grants Available - The Our Town grant program from the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places - achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Applications due by September 11th . Learn more here. 
2017 CT Main Street Catalyst Award Winner:
Founder's Award, presented by Eversource 

This month we spotlight CMSC's outgoing CEO, John Simone, who is retiring after leading the downtown revitalization organization for 17 years.  John's professional career has been centered on building a creative and energetic team, marshaling resources, developing partnerships, and developing programs that draw people into downtown.
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