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Happy Thanksgiving! 
All of us at CMSC would like to wish you and your families a very happy, safe and bountiful Thanksgiving! There's nothing better than spending time with family and friends, and we hope you'll be sure to dine and shop in one (or more!) of Connecticut's many wonderful downtowns and main streets this holiday season. Read on to learn more about the many events and activities taking place this month at CMSC and around the State. . . 

Many Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors 
At CMSC, we're very proud to have such generous sponsors supporting us. We want to take a moment to recognize and thank the following organizations for their recent support, enabling us to provide education, training and technical assistance to communities throughout the state.  We value their commitment to our work and to Connecticut's downtowns, and view them as critical to our success. 
With tremendous gratitude to:

Please consider supporting CMSC with a donation of your own. Every contribution helps, no matter the amount. Click here to donate.
CMSC Welcomes New Professional Affiliates
CMSC is thrilled to welcome several new organizations to our Professional Affiliate network. CMSC created the Professional Affiliate Membership to better connect industry experts with our member communities, thereby strengthening Main Street revitalization efforts across the state. 
Click the below to learn more about our newest affiliates, and please join us in welcoming them to the CMSC Main Street network:
  • Colliers International - Construction and development experts, turning underutilized properties and sites into higher performing assets. 
  • Greenworks Lending - Financing to commercial property owners to make their buildings more energy efficient. 
  • Milone & MacBroom, Inc.- Engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental science consulting. 
  • Pinck & Co, Inc. - Planning, design and construction management consulting.
CMSC Bids Farewell to Board Member John Baker
CMSC Board Chair Ted DeSantos presents John Baker with a plaque commemorating his time on the CMSC Board.

The CMSC Board of Directors said goodbye to retiring director John Baker at their November meeting. Mr. Baker, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager for Webster Bank, joined the CMSC board in 2007, and served as board Treasurer for the last several years. Over the past decade Mr. Baker has been a vocal advocate for CMSC's work, and for the importance of revitalizing Connecticut's downtowns, often sharing memories of his youth in downtown Winsted.
All of us here at CMSC would like to thank Mr. Baker for his many years of service on the CMSC Board, and wish him the best of luck in his retirement! 
Re-Mains of the Day
▪ Preservation Summit Coming Up - Join CT Preservation Action for their 2017 Annual Conference on Friday, December 1st. This event features an update from the State Historic Preservation Office, brief updates on a range of topics, including one from CMSC CEO Patrick McMahon, as well as a panel discussion on successful preservation projects moderated by retired CMSC CEO John Simone. This event also offers 2.5 units of AICP credits. Learn more and register here.
▪ Shop Local this Small Business Saturday
  Get a jump on holiday shopping while supporting local businesses during this year's Small Business Saturday event on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25th. The nationwide event is sponsored annually by American Express. Click here to find a list of small businesses participating in your downtown, or visit one of the many downtowns and commercial centers in the CMSC member network.

▪ CMSC Webinar Wednesday! Updates - Those who were unable to attend our October webinar introducing CMSC's new CEO Patrick McMahon can listen to the recording now available on the CMSC website. 

We hope you will also join us for our next webinar on January 31, 2018 as we feature Evan Dobos talking about Civic Lift, an online community engagement platform currently being utilized by several CMSC network communities.
2017 CT Main Street Keystone Award Winner:
New Haven Grand Prix , sponsored by Webster Bank

CT Main Street Keystone Award sponsored by Webster Bank.
New Haven is already home to a vibrant downtown filled with food, culture, and entertainment, in addition to a growing bike culture. Since 2015, the downtown has capitalized on these traits with the New Haven Grand Prix, a collaboration between Aidan Charles of the CT Cycling Advancement Program (CT CAP) and Win Davis of New Haven's Town Green (Special Services) District in partnership with the City. The result is a racing event that attracts 15,000 spectators to the downtown to enjoy cycling, food and entertainment.

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