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Our mission is to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut's Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities.
Hello 2018! 
We survived the cold and are back to work, digging into a year full of promise and activity on main street! Scroll down to learn about the many upcoming events and accomplishments taking place at CMSC and around the state. 

CMSC Welcomes New Communities to Its Member Network   
CMSC is thrilled to announce the Bristol Development Authority and the Town Center Project, Inc. in Hebron have joined the CMSC member network.
The BDA works to improve the physical, economic, and social environment of the Bristol Community by serving as the primary governmental organization dedicated to promoting commercial development, preserving and improving the city's housing stock, and to securing and administering the resources required to carry out these goals.  The Town Center Project in Hebron, meanwhile, is a grassroots organization dedicated to bringing Hebron's Town Center back to life. 

CMSC looks forward to working with each of them to revitalize their downtowns and main streets.
CMSC Thanks Toni Gold for Years of Service
CMSC bids a fond farewell to Toni Gold, who retired from the CMSC Board of Directors in December. Toni was a terrific asset to CMSC, and to the Hartford community where she continues to serve as an actively engaged citizen. When presented with CMSC's 2013 Founder's Award, presented by Eversource, she was described by the Hartford Courant as "the Jane Jacobs of Hartford." An accomplished planner and urban consultant, Toni served on the CMSC board from 2011-2017.

All of us at CMSC would like to thank Toni for her years of service and wish her the best of luck in the future!
CMSC Says Goodbye to Friend & Transit Advocate, Phil Fry
with heavy hearts that we report the passing of Phil Fry, who died peacefully on December 27th after battling cancer.
Phil retired from CTtransit in the fall, where he'd worked for several years, culminating a decades-long career as a passionate transit advocate. CMSC extends its condolences to those Phil leaves behind - his wife Sandy, children Emily and Daniel, and a great many friends. 
2018 Awards Sponsorship Opportunities Available
the recent announcement of downtown Danbury as the host of our 2018 VIBRANT MAIN STREETS Awards program, CMSC is now offering several sponsorships. This popular event draws a broad cross-section of downtown professionals, municipal officials and key stakeholders while showcasing the best in Main Streets across Connecticut. CMSC offers a broad range of sponsorship opportunities; view our sponsorship brochure (pages 5-6) or email to learn more .
Re-Mains of the Day
SustainableCT Hosts Regional Launch Events - SustainableCT is hosting  events around the state for people to learn how they, their municipality, businesses, and community organizations can participate in Sustainable CT, Connecticut's new voluntary certification program to support and recognize thriving and resilient municipalities.  Click here to see the dates and times of these events and to register.

▪ 2-
Day Placemaking Conference in Fairfield County 
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is organizing a 2-day creative placemaking conference, Shaping Community, on January 23-24. This event is designed to demonstrate and discuss the role of the cultural community in shaping neighborhoods and towns. CMSC's Patrick McMahon will be a featured speaker. Click for more information and to register.

CMSC Hosts January Webinar Wednesday! Featuring CivicLift  - 
Learn how to curate your main street with this online community engagement platform during our next Webinar Wednesday! on January 31st. Founder/CEO Evan Dobos will walk us through CivicLift with examples of Connecticut communities that are benefiting from this easy-to-use resource. 
Click here for more info and here to register.

January iForum, Housing Success: Tools, Techniques, Leadership & the Law -  Join the Partnership for Strong Communities and CMSC for this engaging conversation on January 29th. This event will explore how towns can best meet the housing needs of their community within the existing legal, demographic and economic environment while ensuring municipal growth and stability. CMSC's Patrick McMahon will be a panelist and CM credits are available. 
Click here to learn more and here to register.

CCAPA Hosts Lunch & Learn Series - The CT Chapter of the American Planning Association is hosting three lunch and learn events at CMSC's offices in Hartford. Cost is $30 for each or $75 to attend all three. Contact Abby Kenyon at
  • Sharpen Your Communication Skills, February 2nd
  • Apply Project Management Techniques to Planning Initiatives, March 2nd
  • Build Relationships through Mediation and Facilitation, April 6th 
2017 CT Main Street Keystone Award Winner:
Capewell Lofts, Hartford

Award sponsored by Colliers International & CIL
CIL Development used "lasagna" financing to layer historic tax credits with state and private funding to renovate a storied development in downtown Hartford. The result is Capewell Lofts, 72 unique apartment homes ranging from studios to three-bedrooms with 15-26 ft high ceilings and washer/dryers in each unit, all located in a LEED Certified Green Building. Critical to the revival of downtown Hartford, Capewell provides much needed market-rate housing choices within walking and public transit distance of jobs. Located at Charter Oak Avenue and Popieluszko Court, Capewell is a key link in connecting downtown to the riverfront and Coltsville.

Connecticut Main Street Center

The Sponsors of our 
Main Street Forums for the 21st Century

And our Partner Organizations:
CT Chapter, American Planning Association
Institute for Sustainable Energy
CT Economic Development  Association
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
CT Economic Resource Center
Main Street America
CT Preservation Action
Partnership for Strong Communities
CT Urban Legal Initiative 
Pro Bono Partnership
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County 
Young Energetic Solutions