Downtown Update
May 2021
Angela Wong Wins 2021 CT Entrepreneur Award for Economic Development
Congratulations to Angela Wong, Executive Director of CityCenter Danbury, a CMSC member, for being named a 2021 CT Entrepreneur Winner in the Economic Development category. Ms. Wong tied for the award with fellow Main Street supporter Lindy Lee Gold from DECD.

CityCenter Danbury aims to revitalize the Main Street district by making downtown an economic, social, and cultural hub through initiatives that drive lasting changes for the community. Ms. Wong worked in partnership with the City of Danbury and local businesses over the year to drive collaboration and promote opportunities for economic viability by disseminating grant information, expediting permit processes, and navigating bureaucratic challenges. During the pandemic, CityCenter also developed a marketing campaign called “Downtown Strong” bringing attention to their diverse array of downtown businesses through increased social media presence and a series of short promotional videos. In 2020, Ms. Wong also prioritized greater outreach to new and immigrant-owned small businesses to help them navigate financial and organizational difficulties. Learn more about Angela’s on-the-ground efforts to improve downtown Danbury’s economic vitality.
From the Ground Up: CCAPA Comprehensive 4 Part Housing Forum - May 14 through June 11 

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) will be hosting educational forums for planners, policymakers, and stakeholders about the issues and data of affordable housing, desegregation, fair housing, and planning for conservation-minded, attainable and equitable housing policy in CT towns and cities. Numerous speakers representing this cross-section of planning will bring data, policy innovation, case examples, history and Connecticut's natural resources to the conversation. Sessions will take place every Friday through June 11th (with a break on May 28th).
Each session is 1.5 CM credit eligible. The events are free of charge. Check out their May 21 Session, Taking Stock of Housing in Connecticut. 

Proud to Count in Connecticut!

The first statewide LGBTQ+ Survey in Connecticut just launched. The survey is sponsored by the Connecticut LGBTQ+ Health and Human Services Network and the Connecticut Department of Public Health and is being administered by The Consultation Center at Yale. 

Survey responses must be submitted by the end of May. Participants have a chance to win 1 of 100 $25 dollar gift certificates. Click here to take the survey.

For more information and survey updates, follow @ctlgbtqsurvey on Facebook and Instagram.

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