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Falling in Love with Main Street
Now that fall is here, is there any better time to visit Main Street? The weather is perfect for a stroll along one of Connecticut's historic downtowns. From local festivals to trick-or-treating on Main Street, there's fun to be found for the whole family. Now's the time to visit your local Main Street or fall in love with a new one!  

CMSC Welcomes New Professional Affiliates to Its Network
CMSC is pleased to announce the addition of several new firms to our Professional Affiliate network:
  • Atlantic Retail has a dedicated team of brokers and support staff whose personable, low-pressure approach matches the right tenants together with the right properties.
  • Design Your Monday! LLC thoughtfully creates work environments that have a positive impact on employees and clients and consequently, business results.
  • Diversity Construction Group is a commercial construction company. They are a full service, general building contractor specializing in public and private projects.
  • JCJ Architecture is a diverse planning, architecture and interior design practice that offers comprehensive services to clients in the public and private sector. 
All of CMSC's Professional Affiliates  have specialized expertise relevant to downtown revitalization and management including preservation, economic and community development, land use, transportation and responsible growth policies, organizational development, marketing and more.

22 Communities Achieve Sustainable CT Certification
Nearly two dozen communities across the state are the first to be certified for their efforts to be more efficient, resilient and inclusive. The certification comes from Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that inspires and supports communities to take concrete action steps towards a broad range of sustainability areas. In addition, the towns had to address diversity, inclusion and equity when implementing the sustainability actions.
Sustainable CT was developed under the leadership of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, in partnership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), and with input from municipal leaders across the state. CMSC was proud to participate in the program's development by participating on the Advisory Committee and several working groups, as CMSC views the program's broad view of sustainability - ranging from thriving local economies to clean transportation, from diverse housing to being inclusive and equitable - as core components of vibrant downtowns and main streets.
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Shop Small is November 24th. Have You Registered to be a Neighborhood Champion?
It's seems hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. Support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday by becoming a Neighborhood Champion. Help make November 24th a success by organizing and hosting events that bring your community together to support small businesses. As a Neighborhood Champion, you'll also rally local business owners, helping them get ready to participate in the big day, and distributing Shop Small merchandise provided by American Express.
Click for more info and to apply at 
Recipients of the  2018 Governor's Patron of the Arts Awards Announced
Established in 2014, the Governor's Patron of the Arts Awards honor individuals, companies and organizations for their support of the arts and reaffirms the value of philanthropy for the arts in Connecticut. The 2018 recipients, who were recognized at a special ceremony, include Alva G. Greenberg, the Grace Farms Foundation, United Technologies (UTC), Yale University and others.
Re-Mains of the Day
CT Trails Symposium
- The Governor's Greenways Council, in partnership with Goodwin College, is hosting the 3rd annual Connecticut Trails Symposium on October 25th at the college's East Hartford campus. Experts will offer sessions that focus on how trails can connect communities, integrate people and help towns thrive. Sessions are designed to be interactive, so come prepared with specific questions or concerns to ask the experts.  Register Here

Newly Renovated Bike New Britain Headquarters Opens
-   Bike New Britain, founded in 2015 to promote bicycling in the community, recently finished renovations to space that the City of New Britain owns on the first floor of Szczesny Garage, transforming it into the Bike New Britain headquarters.  The Bike New Britain headquarters is conveniently located steps from the downtown CTfastrak station and the CTfastrak multiuse trail. The all-volunteer organization will offer classes on bicycle repair, safe urban bicycle riding, driver/rider safety programs, informational guides to cycling, and instructional and recreational programs for youth. Click for more information

Multimodal and Transit Summit, Hartford -
The Transport Hartford Academy is working with the CT Chapter of the American Planning Association and the CT Department of Transportation to plan a November 19th, Multimodal and Transit Summit. The Summit is co-hosted by UConn and several participating UConn departments.  This summit includes topics for both transportation and development professionals, combined with an evening program for residents, citizen advocates, and intersectional topics. Planners will be able to receive professional CM credits for attending. 
Spotlight on 2018 Award of Excellence Winner
Mills: Making Places of CT 
Recipients: CT Trust for Historic Preservation
Partners: CT State Historic Preservation Office

Connecticut's mills are finding new life thanks in part to the CT Trust's comprehensive website, Mills: Making Places of Connecticut. With an expansive inventory, stories of inspirational redevelopment and ample resources, this website is an example of modern stewardship that connects the state's industrial past with new opportunities for its future.  

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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