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Our mission is to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut's Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities.
Nonprofit Community Rallies for Support
Last week CMSC participated in a Nonprofit Rally at the state capitol to urge legislators to pass a budget that supports community services. Many nonprofits like CMSC rely on valuable state funds from a variety of programs, and as a result many are already being negatively impacted and face a grim fiscal future. CMSC's priorities are clear: more funding that helps our downtowns, including protecting Community Investment Act funds, money for small businesses, mixed-use development, downtown housing and more.
CMSC Welcomes 2 New Businesses to Professional Affiliate Network 
CMSC is pleased to announce Ironwood Community Partners and Pullman & Comley, LLC as the newest businesses to join our Professional Affiliate network! Ironwood Community Partners was established in 2014 by a small group of professionals dedicated to helping communities preserve cultural and historic heritage to create a rich and sustainable future. Pullman & Comley is a law firm that helps clients address a range of legal challenges, expand their businesses and navigate the realities of today's marketplace.
Professional Affiliates benefit CMSC member communities by providing access to professionals with specialized expertise in Main Street revitalization. CMSC often calls on its Professional Affiliates to share their knowledge through our BRIDGE series education and networking events and by sponsoring and participating in our member networking events held in member communities.
CMSC Celebrates Grand Opening of Raphael Apts, State's First Come Home to Downtown Units
On August 31st, the first apartment homes built as a result of the Come Home to Downtown program opened within walking
 distance of the CTfastrak terminus. The 16 newly renovated, market-rate residential units above fully-occupied ground floor retail are housed in the Raphael Building, which is also on the state Register of Historic Places.

The event, featured in the  New Britain Herald , is the culmination of five years of hard work and successful collaboration between the  Connecticut Main Street Center , the  Connecticut Housing Finance Authority JASKO Development  and many others. Developer Avner Krohn received technical assistance for this building during Year 2 of Come Home to Downtown program.

View photos from the event  here.
  Small Business Technical Assistance
Today's revitalization efforts are defined and impacted to a greater degree than ever by shifting demographics, changes in consumer shopping, and transitions within our local, regional, and national economies. These changes have significant implications for the development and growth of entrepreneurs themselves, as well as downtowns and commercial districts. To help small businesses, CMSC has compiled a list of local and statewide resources for Small Business Technical Assistance & Support.
Re-Mains of the Day
▪  Save the Date for Bridgeport Film Festival: Citizen Jane: Batle for the City - 
Be sure to  check out this 2-day film festival exploring
issues of urban regeneration and community preservation. Day 1 takes place October 12th and features a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City followed by a keynote presentation and guided walking tours. Day 2 is on October 15th and features a screening of the film Survival of a Small City, the story of redevelopment of South Norwalk in the early 1980's.
Click here to learn more .
▪ Planing for Sign Code Success  -  The Sign Research Foundation and the International
Sign Association are partnering with the NSSA Northeast Sign Expo 2017 to present a Planning for Sign Code Success seminar on September 29th. This half-day event is where planners and code officials can learn the latest regulatory issues and best practices related to on-premises signage. Advance registration by Sept. 15th is free and CCAPA credits are available. Learn more 
here .

▪  CMSC's Fall Main Street Forums Underway with Education, Networking Events -

Join us
next Wednesday, September 20th, for the return of Webinar Wednesday, as we present Working Together to Transform Main Streets and Leaders introducing our new strategic partnership with Leadership Greater Hartford, which includes a 15% discount for our network members.  Register here.

While you are at it, register now for our October 25th webinar Introducing CMSC's New CEO: Patrick McMahon. Patrick is passionate about Main Street revitalization and community development.  He was instrumental in drafting Tax Increment Financing District Master Plans recently passed in Windsor Locks and Suffield. In the middle of a "listening tour", Patrick brings a variety of talents and much enthusiasm to his new role with CT Main Street Center. Join us and get to know him.

Our Celebrating CT's Main Streets photo exhibit is at the CT Department of Transportation.  Stop in before October 30th to see our tribute to the beauty and variety of CT Main Streets, or check us out on Facebook.

DOWNTOWN MERIDEN RISING - The Silver City Reclaims its Luster
Our popular networking event returns this year co-hosted by Meriden Economic Development Corporation. Please join us on October 17th for to celebrate D
owntown Meriden. Take part in a lively discussion of Meriden2020, walk the neighborhood on a guided tour, and gather with your colleagues to enjoy a complimentary reception.    Click here for details and to Register

Save the date for our next The BRIDGE Series Event: 
The Power of "Inside Out" Storytelling - Build community support - Generate more revenue. This event will be held November 3rd at 9:00 am at CT Main Street Center Headquarters in Hartford.  Fund raising consultant Judith Green, of NetMark Associates , will lead us through an interactive workshop exploring how innovators and thinkers have sold there ideas - and how we can do the same to generate more revenue. Learn how to engage staff, board and stakeholders to authentically share their own stories for greater impact.  You will receive an email invitation to this event soon!

CT Office of the Arts Seeks Social Media Intern  - 
The CT Office of the Arts (COA) has two openings for interns: a Social Media Marketing intern and a Arts Education intern. The unpaid positions may be used by qualified students to obtain academic credit from their institution, but is also open to professional-track applicants not currently enrolled in an academic institution. COA interns also get the opportunity to complete an Arts Workforce Entry internship project that can also be used as a capstone or research project to help fulfill the academic requirement at their school or university and/or is great to have in a professional portfolio. Learn more here
2017 CT Main Street Catalyst Award Winner:
Downtown Bridgeport Placemaking Program, sponsored by Spinnaker Real Estate partners, LLC 

Bridgeport is home to 27 parks & open spaces, including historic downtown McLevy Green and Baldwin Plaza. The Downtown Special Service District (DSSD) sought to leverage the value of these open spaces by creating attractive and welcoming settings that host both passive recreational and cultural attractions, by using Project for Public Spaces' (PPS)
Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper program. The DSSD campaign specifically targeted the downtown's young professional workers, and took advantage of the three largest employers in Bridgeport who employ 1,650 people - giving them several new reasons to explore downtown during lunch and after work.
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