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Our mission is to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut's Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities.
Fall in Love with Learning
The fall season is upon us, and that means fall conferences, workshops, summits and more. Learning opportunities abound, including some great offerings from CMSC like our upcoming Retail in the Age of Disruption summit. If you're wondering how downtown businesses can survive the virtual jungle, this is the workshop for you! Scroll down for more on this and other great events & happenings.  
CMSC Adds New Communities,  Professional Affiliate to Network
CMSC is thrilled to welcome two new communities to its fast-growing member network: Derby and Plainfield. Together, they join over 80 CMSC communities statewide, all of whom are working on cultivating economically and socially vibrant downtowns and Main Streets.

Along with a historic downtown, Derby also has 2 beautiful miles of pike/ped path along the Naugatuck River as part of the Naugatuck River Greenway.
Like many Connecticut towns, Plainfield was an industrial leader in the 19th and early 20th centuries due to the mills along its waterfront, and is now seeking to revitalize those historic buildings.

CMSC is proud to introduce our newest Professional Affiliate, TSKP STUDIO. TSKP is an architectural firm committed to excellence in design and the services of architecture, interiors and planning, with offices in Hartford and Boston. As a Professional Affiliate they join a cadre of professionals with specialized expertise relevant to downtown management and revitalization.
Accolades & Successes for CMSC Donor, 
Professional Affiliates
CMSC's donors and Professional Affiliates support our work through funding and expertise, and we're thrilled to share their successes and achievements with you. Please join us in extending a hearty Congratulations! to Webster Bank, To Design, LLC and Allegra Anderson Photography.
Webster Bank Named Corporate Citizen of the Year
Webster Bank is a long-time supporter of our educational and technical assistance programming. The Hartford Business Journal recently named Webster Bank Corporate Citizen of the year from its second class of Community Excellence & Nonprofit Awards winners.
The awards identify outstanding companies and leaders who have supported nonprofit organizations, along with nonprofits and nonprofit executives who have made a significant impact on the community over the last year. Webster Bank and the other winners will be  recognized at an event celebration Nov. 21  at Infinity Hall in Hartford and will be profiled in HBJ's Giving Guide in early November.

Hartford approves $2 million plan upgrade designed by Professional Affiliate To Design for Hartford's Colt Park
CMSC relies on its Professional Affiliates to offer specialized expertise to our network, like our upcoming spring BRIDGE Series event featuring Phil Barlow, Principal of the 
New Britain landscape architecture firm  To Design, LLC. With regard to the Colt Park renovation, funds will be used to improve various baseball and softball fields, among other play areas, with new fencing, paved walkways and new benches at all fields. A new pavilion and walkway, with new landscaping, will also be added to the northern side of the park. Renovations are slated to begin in 2020.  Read the full article from the Hartford Business Journal. 

Photographer Allegra Anderson's work featured in Sunday New York Times
We're proud to say Allegra Anderson has been our official awards photographer for several years, wonderfully capturing the event's vibe in her stunning photos. So it was no surprise to us when her work was recently featured in a Sunday New York Times travel article on the beaches of Rhode Island for the story "South County, R.I. - A Hidden Gem of Rhode Island."  See the article and Allegra's photos. 
New Funding Available from Sustainable CT
Sustainable CT has launched the Community Match Fund, a flexible, low-barrier funding resource for bringing sustainability projects to life.  Sustainable CT will provide dollar-for-dollar matches on monies raised for eligible projects, up to $25,000. In partnership with ioby, Sustainable CT is offering matching funds and one-on-one fundraising support to Connecticut residents with ideas for sustainability projects. Municipalities, nonprofits, public schools, community groups, and individuals are all eligible to access funding through this program. 

Information sessions on the Community Match Fund will be held throughout the state, with the first taking place in Burlington on September 19th. Click for more information and event registration for all info sessions. Already have a project in mind? Contact Community Outreach Manager, Abe Hilding-Salorio at 860-465-0256 or
SHPO Hiring Architectural Preservationist

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is looking for a qualified professional to fill the vacant Architectural Preservationist position. Applicants should have advanced degrees in historic preservation, architectural history, or historical architecture. The person in this role will primarily oversee the administration of the Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program and the Historic Restoration Fund Grant Program. The deadline to apply is September 23, 2019.  Learn more.
Re-Mains of the Day
▪ Register now for Retail in the Age of Disruption! - CMSC's statewide symposium Retail in the Age of Disruption is fast approaching! Building on the popularity of our spring summit, this event will be offered in two locations: at The Lyceum in Hartford on October 2nd and at The Ferguson Library in Stamford on October 3rd. Featuring nationally-renowned keynote speakers Robert Gibbs and Larisa Ortiz, along with a panel of local experts moderated by Mike Goman, this event is sure to be a can't miss. Register today!

▪ Small Scale Development Workshop coming up - Interested in developing small scale projects (mixed-use, residential, commercial under 20 units)? Are you a local stakeholder who wants to see improvements in the neighborhood? Check out this day-long workshop from the Incremental Development Association coming to Berlin on October 10th for the big-picture view of small scale real estate development. Learn more

▪ Bridgeport DSSD launches new website, Colorful Bridgeport - The Bridgeport Special Services District (DSSD) recently unveiled its new website. Bright and bold, it features many of the downtown's assets, while also continuing to promote the goals of their recent Colorful Bridgeport campaign, which celebrated the diversity and beauty of Downtown Bridgeport's vibrant forms and shapes that intersect through its people and places. See the new Colorful Bridgeport website.  

▪ Stamford DSSD seeking new President & CEO - The Stamford Downtown Special Services District is seeking a dynamic President and CEO who will bring vision and direction to the established and sophisticated $4.5 million business improvement district in Stamford. Downtown Stamford is the vibrant regional city center home to over 60,000 daytime employees in 53 office buildings and over 12,000 residents. The DSSD creates and implements programs to improve the quality of the Downtown experience through significant outdoor operational initiatives and over 20 dynamic events. In this role, the The DSSD President will be tasked with bringing new and creative energy to attract residents and visitors to engage with the district. Read the full position listing.   
Spotlight on  2019 Award of Excellence Winner. . .
Trifecta Ecosystems, Inc. 
The City that Feeds Itself: Education, community programs & build-outs of urban farms

Trifecta's community-first approach is the antidote to the problems inherent in our current food system - a lack of food security for many and an increasing loss of skilled farmers. 

Through their The City that Feeds Itself™ ecosystem, education, community programs, and build-outs of urban farms, Trifecta works to empower customers and clients to feed themselves and their communities, creating their own source of revenue, food security, personal fulfillment, and community impact.

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