Sustainable CTrecognized with 2020 EPA Environmental Merit Award. Sustainable CT was honored for having made "outstanding contributions to protect New England's environment." Sustainable CT is the only Connecticut recipient of an Environment Merit Award from the U.S. EPA.
Connecticut Preservation Actionis marking its 40th Anniversary on Tuesday, October 20th with an online event. The featured speaker will be Jim Lindberg, Vice President of Research and Policy at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
MSA Announces 2nd Round of HartBeat of Main Street Grants. The second round opens Oct. 22 and provides grants from $5,000-$15,000 to help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.
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CT Green Bank relaunches Charge Up CT Buildings program. This program offers free electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to commercial property owners who use CT Green Bank C-PACE financing to make energy efficiency upgrades. C-PACE financing is designed to help commercial property owners save money on their energy costs and make their properties more efficient.
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At CMSC, we're well known for our Main Street Forums for the 21st Century – a suite of educational and networking events. Our FY21 programming is focused on Recovery & Resiliencyto help downtowns navigate the COVID pandemic and its aftermath. Our first two Recovery & Resiliency webinars “sold out”, but those who were unable to attend can still view the recordings on our YouTube channel or by clicking the links below. You can also view videos from our Small Business Resource Library. Click the links to view the recordings:
Please join us in welcoming the City of Groton as the newest CMSC member community. The City of Groton joins a statewide network of over 80 communities and is particularly interested in working with CMSC on preserving the historic character of the “Thames Center” district.
Introducing Trinity Financial
Trinity Financial is a community-driven, diverse team of real estate professionals committed developing sites from New York to Greater Boston that result in a stronger urban fabric. They oversee all aspects of mixed-use projects from finance to development to property management, and their work spans a range of specialties from multi-family housing to transit-oriented development.
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CMSC Blog: Communicating Downtown’s Assets to a Vastly Changed Audience
In our latest blog, Professional Affiliate – and former CMSC Board Member – Bernard Kavaler of Express Strategies, talks about how a community's messaging during COVID can cast new light on a downtown's assets, centered around a reinvigorated pride in local establishments from festivals to storefronts.
CMSC Members Wallingford & Danbury Welcome New Leadership
Wallingford Center Inc., the organization aimed at revitalizing and encouraging economic development in the downtown, recently named Kathy Lilley as its new Executive Director. In this role, Ms. Lilley will continue working closely with town departments, key stakeholders, and business and property owners to maintain a vibrant town center.
Meanwhile, CityCenter Danbury named downtown resident Angela Wong as Executive Director of the agency that promotes and helps maintain the district along Main Street. Ms. Wong served as acting director since June and before that was Events and Development Director for the organization, which she joined in 2017 after first volunteering when she and her husband moved to the downtown. She plans to build on recent CityCenter successes, and together with CityCenter’s Board will focus on strengthening relationships with people and companies that want to be downtown.
Sponsorship is key to CMSC's ability to provide services to our members, and education & technical assistance to CT's downtowns. We proudly thank our many generous sponsors below.
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