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Our mission is to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut's Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities.
Let Downtown put a spring in your step!
We've turned the clocks and spring is just around the corner, making it a perfect time to rediscover CT's many charming downtowns and Main Streets. From St. Patrick's Day parades to local races and flower festivals, there's plenty of fun and activity to choose from. And warmer days and longer nights are perfect for strolling through local shops and restaurants. Whatever you like to do, there's a Main Street neighborhood to suit you. So get out and explore what CT's downtowns have to offer!  

COGs Help Towns Save Costs Through Regional Cooperation 
Talk of saving costs through regionalizing services is often in the news, but the extent to which it's already underway through the State's Councils of Governments (COGs) probably isn't as well known. A recent presentation by Sam Gold, AICP, Executive Director of the Lower CT River Valley COG at the January CT Council of Small Towns (COST) Annual Meeting provided an eye-opening view of the many ways Connecticut's towns are sharing services and saving costs through the State's 9 COGs. Everything from sharing equipment to regional animal shelters to combined purchasing is resulting in major cost savings for Connecticut's communities.
Check out Sam's presentation and see for yourself. 
CMSC's Annual Awards Celebration To Be A Party With A Purpose
CMSC recently announced its annual awards celebration will have a local twist this year: CMSC will donate 10% of its sponsorship proceeds to the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership (WWP), a local organization
dedicated to recapturing the waterfront of the Willimantic River by developing an urban waterfront and whitewater park, increasing safe access to the river for residents, restoring the environment, and celebrating Willimantic's cultural history. The funds will be used towards a new handrail along the riverfront that will provide the public with safe access to this natural asset. CMSC was also thrilled to announce have Eastern Connecticut State University sign on as the event's Title Sponsor, while Fuss & O'Neill will be the Reception Sponsor.
 
CMSC's 2019 VIBRANT MAIN STREETS awards celebration will be held on Monday, June 3rd in downtown Willimantic
Re-Mains of the Day
Manchester SSD Seeks Downtown Manager - The Town of Manchester is looking for a  Downtown Manager to coordinate and manage the operations, administration and activities of the Downtown Manchester Special Services District (SSD). The position is 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Learn more and apply.

▪ New Webinar Series: Investing in Your Main Street - Join NTCIC and the National Main Street Center as they discuss tax credits and how their Main Street Revitalization Fund can be used to support historic Main Street communities nationwide.  The new three-part webinar series will explore the ins and outs of community development tax credits, discuss how to secure investments for projects in main street communities, and learn how projects have gotten to the finish line. Learn from industry leaders and the first Main Street Fund project for a deep dive into financing community development. Learn more & register

▪ "Missing Middle" Subject of March iForum - This iForum will explore a predominant, yet largely ignored form of housing at its upcoming iForum on March 27th. Small multifamily housing is a traditional component of the New England landscape, representing 26% of CT residences. Because much of this stock is smaller and aging, it presents an opportunity for many cost-burdened families to live in market-rate affordable homes. Join the Partnership for Strong Communities and a panel of experts as they discuss "middle housing," including opportunities to rehabilitate existing stock and expand small multifamily development, as well as the current impediments to its creation. Click here to view a flyer and here to register
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National Council on Public History to Host 2019 Annual Meeting - Join public historians from across the field as they gather in Hartford for 70+ sessions and working groups, 9 workshops, and 11 tours on March 27-30. They'll discuss the roles public history plays in remaking, rebuilding and reimagining our world. Learn more about the program and register.

▪ Hidden in Plain Sight: Adaptive Reuse Summit - Presentations Now Available!
Presentations are now available from our recent Hidden in Plain Sight adaptive reuse summit. We had a terrific turnout, hosting over 200 people in our Hartford and Norwalk locations. Presentations from our national speakers James Lindberg, Bob Stevens and Merrill Hoopengardner are available on our website, along with additional information on adaptive reuse.
 

▪ Save the Date: CT Arts Day - This year's Connecticut Arts Day takes place, Thursday, May 2, 2019 in New Haven CT. Connecticut Arts Day celebrates Connecticut's investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state. The day includes special performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and the presentation of Connecticut Office of the Arts' Lifetime Achievement Award. The theme of Connecticut Arts Day 2019 is RELEVANCE. 
Spotlight on 2018 Award of Excellence Winner
HUBCAP Wallingford 
Recipients:  Wallingford Center, Inc.; Town of Wallingford Board of Education; Wallingford Economic Development Commission


HUBCAP Wallingford was established to facilitate relationships between the business community, education system, and community leaders. Through various partnerships and events, they're enabling local entrepreneurs, preparing students for their financial futures and reinvigorating interest in the downtown. Click to learn more about how they're enabling economic development while offering students real-world experience in a community setting.  


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CMSC PROUDLY THANKS ITS SPONSORS:

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

And our Partner Organizations:

CT Chapter, American Planning Association
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
CT Economic Development  Association
Institute for Sustainable Energy
CT Economic Resource Center
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
CT Housing Finance Authority
Main Street America
CT Preservation Action
Partnership for Strong Communities
CT Urban Legal Initiative
Pro Bono Partnership