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Our mission is to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut's Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities.
Even snow won't slow us down. . .
A late, suddenly active winter may be piling on the snow, but we remain committed to helping our downtowns thrive. Whether hosting a webinar, collaborating with partners or monitoring legislative events, we're busy making sure Connecticut's downtowns have the tools they need to succeed. Read on to learn how we're making a difference.

CMSC Looking for Next CEO 
As you may have seen, CMSC's Board of Directors recently announced that the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group (NPAG), a regionally and nationally-recognized full-service executive search firm, is conducting the search for a new Chief Executive Officer to take the helm when John Simone retires this August.

CMSC is Connecticut's central resource for downtown revitalization and management, providing technical support, regional cooperation, training, and networking to members as well as public and private leaders across the state. Our ideal candidate will be a seasoned leader in community and economic development with a natural ability to form and advance coalitions and strategic partnerships.

To learn more about this exciting search and the CEO position, click here.
CMSC Webinar Presents Practical Advice on Using Tax Increment Financing in Your Downtown
Join us for our next  Webinar Wednesday! on
April 5th when we present Windsor Locks Goes TIF: A real-life Tax Increment Financing Case Study. Presenters Patrick McMahon, former economic development coordinator for the town of Windsor Locks; and Michael Andreana, an attorney at Pullman & Comley LLC and author of the state's TIF district enabling legislation, will discuss what they did, how they did it, and what happens next. You can also view recordings and access materials from all of our webinars on the CMSC website.

Creative Communities Exchange Coming to New London in June  

The New England Foundation for the Arts has opened registration for CCX 2017 - the Creative Communities Exchange. C CX is a biennial event that rotates among different New England communities, serving as bridge between the creative sector and community development.

This year's conference takes place in June in New London and is hosted locally by the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition. It will feature creative economy sessions focused on long-range projects that foster economic development through the arts. Register today. . .

March iForum to Discuss First/Last Mile
Register now for the Partnership for Strong Communities' next iForum,  First/Last Mile: Ensuring Transit Opportunities Are Shared By All , on March 31st.

Topics will highlight the challenges and solutions to the first and last mile in light of new transit options coming on line in Connecticut, and will include a demonstration of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies' (CCAT) interactive JobTraCT tool, linking job seekers with transportation options. Register here . . . 
Re-Mains of the Day
Register now for CTData Conference on March 24th -
The CTData Collaborative is holding the first of three half-day conferences, CT Data Days: Equip, Synthesize and Mobilize with Data, where several panels will equip you with new data tools and data sources. Click here to see the agenda
and here to register.

CT Places Coalition Advocacy Day is March 29th at the Capitol
Activities include a morning advocacy workshop presented by the New England Museum Association, an afternoon legislative briefing, legislative visits, a call to action, and a Pop Up Exhibit featuring 30+ displays from museums, historical societies, libraries, archives, preservation groups and much more.
Main Street Through the Lens BRIDGE Series Rescheduled to May 11th - Due to last Friday's inclement weather, our presentation by Architectural Photographer Heather Conley was postponed to May 11th. Check your email for a new registration announcement and join us for an informative morning of insider tips and tricks on how to get the best photographs of your Main Street.

▪ Save the Date for CMSC's Celebration of Vibrant Main Streets - Our 2017 CT Main Street Awards of Excellence will take place in Hartford on  May 18th. Watch for award announcements and event details to be announced soon.
Spotlight on Community Foundations 
Does Your Organization Need Help With:  
  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Transition
  • Strategic Planning
  • Revenue Development
  • Accessing Legal Services
  • Or something more?
Community Foundations throughout Connecticut connect nonprofit organizations with resources they need to grow and thrive. Many of these community foundations have extensive nonprofit support programs, as well as free workshops, technical assistance grants, and much more.

CMSC encourages local community organizations to get to know their Community Foundation. Click here for a complete list of Community Foundations in Connecticut, and the specific towns they serve.
This month we profile the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's Nonprofit Support ProgramThe Nonprofit Support Program helps strengthen nonprofit organizations in Greater Hartford so that they can achieve their missions most effectively. 
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