Downtown Update
February 2020 | Issue 2
CMSC Introduces People's United Bank as Newest Corporate Investor

By investing in our work, companies like People’s United Bank are ensuring CMSC is able to keep offering the education & guidance that municipal officials, downtown professionals and others rely on us to deliver.
Founded in 1842, People’s United Bank is a premier, community-based, regional Northeast bank with more than 5,500 employees offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services.  For more than 175 years, People’s United Bank has been an active member of the communities where they live and work, and a strong philanthropic partner committed to investing time and money to meet the needs of individuals, families, businesses, and entire communities. They take the responsibility to be good neighbors seriously, and are committed to a legacy of giving back to communities.

For more information on People’s United Bank and how they can help you, visit their website at .
Rocky Hill Joins CMSC Member Network
Please join us in welcoming the Town of Rocky Hill to our statewide member network.
Rocky Hill is interested in enhancing the Town Center area in the vicinity of the intersection of the Silas Deane Highway, Main Street and Route 160. This area includes the municipal campus, as well as a significant redevelopment opportunity with the former Ames property. Rocky Hill has contracted with CMSC to assist the community in the development of a Tax Increment Financing District for the Town Center. 

Main Street America Blog Offers Tips, News You Can Use
Main Street America is a terrific resource for Main Street communities, offering a national perspective on issues many Connecticut downtowns and commercial districts can relate to and learn from. Below are a couple articles that will resonate with members looking to enliven their town and city centers:

Fighting Back Against Apathy: The Beatrice, NE, Approach to Defeating Negativity This article offers 6 lessons learned for addressing community apathy. 

Creating an Exchange of Ideas, Perspectives, and Relationships This article talks about the First Impressions program and references CMSC & UConn Extension's First Impressions program

CMSC is the Main Street America state Coordinating Program. Learn more about their work and the resources they have available.
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