A high school AP economics class that engages students in proactive land-use planning and the owners of a downtown Segway tour company that let the community help name their new business are just two of the initiatives chosen to receive a 2015 Award of Excellence from the Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC).
In total seven recipients were selected for the prestigious award including organizations and initiatives from Mansfield, New London, Putnam, Simsbury, Waterbury, and Upper Albany, Hartford. In addition, for the first time in the history of the awards program, a state agency was also selected to receive an award. The CT Department of Transportation received a special award for Starting a Revolution: Integration of Land Use and Transit in recognition of the progressive nature of CTfastrak, the bus rapid transit system opened earlier this year. The awards jury that selected the winners gave the award because they felt the new busway represents a cultural shift in how Connecticut views transit, and wanted to acknowledge the future promise of transit oriented development that will hopefully result around the station locations.
“Our downtowns and town centers represent what’s unique about Connecticut – combining historic charm and stalwart character with the modern amenities that will help us thrive into the future,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy “I applaud the award winners for how they’re embracing that challenge – involving the community in the success of their downtowns through patronage of local businesses, acting as community leaders and building places for us to live, work and raise our families. The people behind these winning initiatives know that when we strive together, we thrive together – not just today, but for years to come.”