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Our mission is to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut's Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities.
When the library is a community sanctuary
This week Dr. Carla D. Hayden was named the new Librarian of Congress. The first woman and African-American to hold the job, Dr. Hayden is also noteworthy for her actions as Baltimore's chief librarian during the city's recent tumultuous times. In a neighborhood besieged by rioting in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, she refused to close a local library branch, despite much pressure to do so. Dr. Hayden knew the community needed the library's valuable resources, as well as a place of solace and comfort, and so kept the branch open, exemplifying her belief that libraries are about more than the knowledge they house, they are about the people who seek that knowledge.  

Smart Growth America Offering Free Technical Assistance to Communities with TOD Projects
Each year, the Federal Transit Administration in partnership with  Smart Growth America  offers free technical assistance to communities to develop tools, guidance, and other resources for enhancing transit-oriented development (TOD) within transit corridors or around a public transportation station, and in economically distressed communities.   Click Here to Learn More.
Several CMSC member communities are eligible to apply for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's  Working Cities Challenge in Connecticut , a grant competition designed to support cross-sector, collaborative leadership and ambitious economic development strategies
to improve the lives of low-income people in small-and mid-size cities in Connecticut. Click here to register  for 
one of four information sessions. Eligible communities 
are: Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwich, Torrington, Waterbury, West Haven, and Windham.  
CMSC Welcomes New Board Members 
Diana Deng & Toni Berlandy join CMSC's Board of Directors
CMSC is excited to introduce two new board members. Diana Deng is a real estate developer at CIL, and has many years of experience in the affordable housing field due to her role as Policy & Communications Analyst at the Partnership for Strong Communities. Diana is also actively involved with groups that work to support and enable young people, serving as co-chair of Young Energetic Solutions (YES), a group working to empower young people to create vibrant communities by connecting them with local boards and commissions, and is a member of the Emerging Leaders Network Steering Committee.    
Berlandy is our new representative from our founding sponsor Eversource Energy. Throughout h
er over 30 year career with Eversource, Toni worked in all facets of customer service, and is now the Community Relations and Economic Development Specialist for the Greater  Tolland area.  She is also involved in a variety of volunteer activities and is a member of several other boards includin g the Board of Directors for the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce, the Hockanum Valley Community Council Board of Directors and the Rockville Downtown Association, a group focused on rehabilitating the historic Rockville Center.
Re-Mains of the Day  
Join the fun at Rockville Fest
Classic cars come to Main Street this September during Rockville Fest.  Organized this year by Central Connecticut State University's Central Car Club , hundreds of classic cars could line Main Street Rockville. The day will begin with a 5K road race to benefit local charity Become Part of the Solution .  The Rockville Green and Main Street will host crafters, games, food trucks, exhibits by organizations and businesses, and more, all in historic Rockville center.

TO Design Hosts CMSC's First Professional Affiliate Open House -
Representatives from member towns and fellow Professional Affiliates joined CMSC and our host TO Design for our first ever Open House on September 8th. CMSC would like to thank the entire staff of TO Design for welcoming us into their beautiful offices in the old Post Office building on West Main Street in New Britain. We had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and making new connections.  

▪ Funky, Fun & Free-Spirited:  Come have The Downtown Willimantic Experience!  
CMSC and CEDAS members will have the opportunity to visit the historic urban village of Downtown Willimantic - a funky, authentic, walkable Main Street that features vibrant arts & dining, an arts magnet school in former vaudeville theatre, a brewery in a former post office, and giant frogs on a bridge.
This CEDAS/CT Main Street Networking Event takes place on Thursday, October 6.  The evening begins with speakers and an overview at Windham Town Hall, followed by a guided walking tour of downtown and a reception in the unique event space at  750 Main.   Don't miss this opportunity for an  insider's peek at the downtown The New York Times has describ ed as "a gritty ex-mill town" that has embraced a "hipster-warehouse vibe". CMSC & CEDAS members can register here. 
Spotlight on 2016 Awards of Excellence
Award of Excellence for Public Space: Mansfield Town Square, Storrs Center sponsored by Webster Bank  

Recipients: Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Town of Mansfield, University of Connecticut, LeylandAlliance (Master Developer of Storrs Center), Kent + Frost (landscape architect for Town Square)

Before there was a stage, before tables and chairs were set out, even before any shovels hit the ground to create the Mansfield Town Square, a gathering place for the community was carved into the overall design of Storrs Center. By listening to input from residents and stakeholders, the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, LeylandAlliance, Kent + Frost, and the Town of Mansfield were able to create a beautiful space that meets the community's needs.The result is a true community gathering place where residents can celebrate, host events, listen to music and enjoy their surroundings all year long. The Mansfield Town Square exemplifies the best of public-private partnerships, one that plans for people, designs a space around the community's needs, and demonstrates the power and importance of public engagement.    

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