A local theatre helping to re-energize downtown Fairfield and a New London developer and property manager who took it upon himself to improve a neighborhood by offering attractive housing that is also affordable are just two of the initiatives being recognized with a 2016 Award of Excellence from theConnecticut Main Street Center (CMSC).

In total five recipients were selected to receive the prestigious awards including organizations and initiatives from Fairfield, Farmington, Mansfield, New London andWaterbury. The other winning entries include: a public outreach effort in Farmington that resulted in hundreds of residents voicing their opinion on plans for a new gateway into the town; a holiday window display competition that draws shoppers back to downtown Waterbury while garnering extra press and marketing for the businesses; and a new Town Square in Storrs Center, built around the unique needs of the space and the people that use it.
CMSC also named the recipients of its Founder’s Award, presented by Eversource Energy, and the Jack Shannahan Prize for Public Service. Upper Albany Main Street (a CMSC member community) and the University of Hartford were selected to receive the Founder’s Award for their long and fruitful partnership, while the Legislative Commission on Aging¬†was chosen to receive the Jack Shannahan Prize for Public Service in recognition of their Livable Communities initiative.
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