(Hartford, CT – August 17, 2010) CT Main Street Center has received grants from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which will help fund the 2010 strategic planning efforts of the organization. The grants are provided through the Technical Assistance Grant program at the Hartford Foundation and the FleetBoston Community Renaissance Initiative at The Community Foundation.

CT Main Street Center has hired Liz Levin & Company of Boston to lead the organization through a process of identifying where CT Main Street Center is today and where it should go in the future, articulating a collective vision and strategic options for main streets in Connecticut, and establishing the mechanics of making the plan achievable.

This marks the first time that either foundation has funded CT Main Street Center. “We are grateful to Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for their support of this important strategic planning process which will allow CT Main Street Center to reach and sustain its role of being the leading downtown advocate and technical assistance provider in the state,” said Shelly Saczynski, Chair of the CT Main Street Center Board of Directors.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents for the past 85 years. The Foundation receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals and families, and last year, awarded grants of more than $25 million to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven creates positive and sustainable change in Connecticut’s 20-town Greater New Haven region. In 2009, The Foundation’s Board of Directors distributed more than $14 million in grants from over 700 different named charitable funds supporting a wide range of programs and projects.

Liz Levin & Company

Liz Levin & Company provides management consulting in leadership, organization and marketing to private companies and nonprofits in the environmental, engineering, transportation and economic development areas. Ms. Levin brings an extensive knowledge of government, urban planning and advocacy and she has worked for local, state and Federal governmental agencies in housing and urban revitalization. She currently sits on the boards of the Massachusetts Dept of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. “Our selection of consultant Liz Levin reflects her unique qualifications in facilitating a statewide discussion about the future of Connecticut’s historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts,” said President & CEO John Simone. “We are excited about this opportunity to articulate the future direction of our organization, align our staffing and partnerships with our strategic plan, and assist our policy makers in increasing the economic competitiveness and sustainability of Connecticut,” said Simone.