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Our mission is to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut's Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities.
Celebrating Excellence
All across Connecticut, people are working to create great downtowns and Main Streets, cultivating lively, active streets, bustling businesses and engaged citizens. Some, like our 2019 Awards of Excellence winners, are at the top of their game, bringing together people, ideas and actions. Others are progressing on their journey, joining the CMSC network to engage their peers, learn best practices, and coordinate with experts. We salute and support each of them in their efforts and look forward to continuing to work with them to inspire great Connecticut downtowns, Main Street by Main Street.  

Town of Stafford Joins Main Street Network 
CMSC is thrilled to welcome the Town of Stafford to its Main Street member network. Stafford
consists of the downtown area of Stafford Springs and several more rural villages including Crystal Lake and Hydeville. The downtown sits at the mouth of the Willimantic River, where the mill industry grew up due to its location, becoming the largest industry in the area.
Stafford joins a network of over 80 communities statewide that are working to revitalize their downtowns and commercial centers. With CMSC's assistance, these communities are cultivating the core components of a healthy downtown including: Place, Economic Vitality, Stewardship, Inclusiveness, Sustainability and Transportation
CMSC Welcomes New Professional Affiliate
CMSC is pleased to announce Camoin310 has joined our Professional Affiliate network. Many in Connecticut are familiar with Camoin Associates, the economic development consulting firm. In early 2019, Camoin Associates acquired 310 Ltd., creating the only full-service economic development consulting and business investment lead generation firm in the country. They offer their clients a
single source solution for gathering business information, attracting and retaining investment and jobs, and developing strategic initiatives. Camoin 310 is a full-service economic development consulting firm headquartered in Saratoga Springs, NY with regional offices in Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont .
Re-Mains of the Day
▪ CT Office of the Arts accepting Artist Fellowship Program applications - The Artist Fellowship Program provides competitive grants to encourage the continuing development of Connecticut artists. There are 3 types of grants available to provide support for artists to pursue new work and achieve specific creative and career goals: Artistic Excellence grants; Artist Fellowship grants; and Emerging Recognition grants. Applications due by August 20, 2019; funding period is January 1,
2020 - December 30, 2020. Click to learn more.

Save the Date for free concert, Rocking the Hook - The 2019 Sandy Hook Village free concert takes place May 19th and will feature three popular local bands: The Traveling Danburys, Unclaimed Baggage, and Cheap Thrill, as well as a short student performance. Local restaurants will also feature special deals for the day. Learn more!

Upcoming event showcases CT's Legacy City, Norwich - The City of Norwich, also known as "The Rose of New England," is a historic gem, rich in industry and
architecture. Learn about the City's development initiatives in our latest Legacy City Showcase offering. The Downtown Preservation & Development Conference takes place Wednesday, June 19th in the Wauregan Ballroom. Highlights include a panel featuring Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom, an overview of Norwich's development opportunities, and a discussion on capitalizing on their Opportunity Zone status, followed by a walking tour of the downtown. Register today! 

▪ ULI event shows how anchor institutions can build healthy places  - Anchor institutions are beginning to play a vital role in strengthening the region's communities through partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders. This July, learn from local experts and seasoned practitioners about the Regional Plan Association's goal to help leverage these essential resources, and see how Stamford's Vita Health and Wellness District is making that vision a reality, during ULI's Anchor Partnerships are Building Healthy Places event, July 10th in Stamford.
Spotlight on 2019 Awards of Excellence Sponsors

On June 3rd we'll gather in downtown Willimantic to celebrate the best of Connecticut's Main Streets during our VIBRANT MAIN STREETS awards celebration honoring our 2019 Awards of Excellence winners.
This event is made possible by our generous sponsors who support CMSC's work and that of our award winners. We'd like to extend a giant THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and encourage you to visit their websites to learn more about them.
CIL ▪  Webster Bank
Program Sponsors
Main Street Sponsors
Supporting Sponsors

Connecticut Main Street Center

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