Even after the date of an educational workshop has past, the presentations and resources remain. Take advantage of this archive to grow your community.

Webinar Wednesday - Developing Your Main St Action Plan

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Join CMSC for our newest event: Webinar Wednesdays presented by CT Main Street Center staff and friends New in 2017! CT Main Street Center introduces a new webinar series - making Main Street education easier to access. All webinars will be recorded and posted on our website. February 15th at...

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Webinar Wednesday - Intro to the Main St Approach

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


New in 2017! Webinar Wednesdays presented by CT Main Street Center staff and friends Introduction to the Main Street Approach The first webinar in our series provides an overview of the Main Street Approach and how to engage your community. Resources View webinar recording here An Introduction to the Main Street...

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Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities Training

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - Friday, April 15, 2016


A National Grant Training Opportunity from Main Street America & Project for Public Spaces Connecticut Main Street Center was one of five Main Street programs across the country selected to host this training, which represents a new Placemaking initiative between Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America (formerly known...

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BRIDGE Series - Meet CT's New Director of Culture, Kristina Newman-Scott

Friday, April 8, 2016


The BRIDGE Series offers CMSC members quarterly networking and info-sharing events. At our April session, members heard from CT’s Director of Culture, Kristina Newman-Scott. Kristina told CMSC members and Professional Affiliates about her vision for the department, including how she wants art to have a deeper, inherent place in economic...

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SNEAPA Conference Session: Form Follows Fun

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Form Follows Fun: How planners can enable vibrant communities that people love. How do people use public spaces? What makes a place special and unique? What does the community want? Four communities – a small-town main street district, a mid-sized suburb with a booming town center, a vibrant urban downtown,...

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DRI Workshop: BeauTIFul Beginnings - Understanding CT's new Tax Increment Financing legislation

Friday, September 11, 2015


With the unanimous passage of expanded TIF (Tax Increment Financing) legislation in 2015, CT has a new tool for economic growth. Join us to learn how municipalities can invest in their downtowns and communities through the creation of TIF districts. Listen as presenters from Iowa and Maine share their first-hand...

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DRI Workshop - Building Lasting DownTOWN/GOWN Relationships

Friday, March 13, 2015


Institutions of higher learning and municipalities are forming lasting partnerships for downtown/commercial neighborhoods. What kinds of initiatives are being developed? What are the results? Join us as we discuss these win-win partnerships during a case study, panel discussion and interactive breakout sessions. To view the flyer for this event, click...

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CMSC,CEDAS & CCAPA Workshop - New Directions in Tax Increment Financing

Friday, November 7, 2014


Throughout the country Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is used as an effective economic development tool. Learn how other states are using TIF's and about the potential benefit to Connecticut's communities. CMSC shares lessons learned through the Come Home to Downtown program, while Yale Law School's Community and Economic Development Clinic,...

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CMSC Member Webinar - POP Pre-Application

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


During this free webinar we'll go over the 2015 Preservation of Place grant pre-application process. All CMSC members in good standing are eligible to apply, but you must submit a pre-application and work with CMSC staff. Click here to view the webinar.

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A Brighter Future for Connecticut’s Brownfields

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


CMSC presented a free workshop in late May to inform town officials and brownfield owners and developers about new opportunities. Some of the changes that were addressed include: Legislation that reduces liability for towns and cities working to rehabilitate and market their brownfield properties. New streamlined regulatory approval processes. Newly...

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Placemaking II: Creative Solutions for Invigorating Your Town

Friday, April 25, 2014


Communities across the country are thinking outside the box and implementing new tools and strategies to invigorate their downtowns and Main Streets. Leaders from Connecticut and New York share how successful Placemaking programs are being programmed and managed. Workshop Agenda Sessions & Speakers Whimsy Amongst the Warehouses! Leslie Zemsky, Director of Fun,...

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The Many Faces of Placemaking

Friday, October 25, 2013


Learn what it takes to make a great place. It starts by creating a place where people feel they belong. Where they feel empowered to help shape their neighborhoods, physically and culturally.   Sessions and Speakers The Art of Planning Public Events Robert Gregson, Creative Director, CT Office of Tourism Due...

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Creating Transit Villages in Connecticut

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Sessions and Speakers Transit Villages: Building Around Our Transit Assets Eric Halvorsen, AICP, Project Manager Metropolitan (Boston) Area Planning Council     The Metropolitan Area Planning Council developed a classification system for the 280+ station areas in the region, and began working with municipalities to identify opportunities and impediments to development around...

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CMSC/YES Fostering Communities that Attract Young People

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) and Young Energetic Solutions (YES) presented Fostering Communities that Attract Young People: a forum on what young professionals want in downtown living and how towns can attract & keep them there.  Nearly ninety people attended the two sessions, generating a lively and insightful discussion on...

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Complete Streets, Part 3

Friday, November 2, 2012


Implementation, Funding & the Return on Investment Workshop Agenda Sessions & Speakers Complete Streets in a Town Center Engaging all public and private stakeholders Hiram Peck, AICP, Director of Community Planning & Development, Town of Simsbury Ted DeSantos, PE, PTOE, Senior Vice President, Fuss & O’Neill Emily Moos, AICP, Senior...

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Main Street Investment Fund Program

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Up to $500,000 in Grants Available to STEAP-Eligible Municipalities and Municipalities with Populations of Less than 30,000 Recently passed legislation created the Main Street Investment Fund Program providing grants of up to $500,000 to eligible municipalities that have approved plans to develop or improve their town’s commercial centers.  The Main...

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Complete Streets, Part 2

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Working Together to Design Great Places Workshop Agenda Sessions & Speakers (files are large) View a short video with highlights from the workshop. State of the State: Case Studies from Connecticut & New England Will Britnell, Principal Engineer, CT DOT Roadway Design Unit Ted DeSantos, Senior VP, Fuss & O’Neill...

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Complete Streets, Part 1

Friday, March 9, 2012


What are they? What are the benefits? How do we create them? Workshop Agenda March 9, 2012 Sessions & Speakers: (files are large) Introduction: What are Complete Streets? Defining Complete Streets and an Introduction to CRCOG’s Community Resources & Tools. Sandra M. Fry, Principal Transportation Planner, Capitol Region Council of...

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Economic Development for Downtown Professionals

Thursday, December 1, 2011


December 1, 2011 8:30am – 4:00pm Hartford, CT SPEAKER Gary Ferguson, Executive Director Downtown Ithaca Alliance Part 1: Understanding the Basics The Underpinning of our Public Policies for Economic Development A basic primer that enables you to be more conversant and knowledgeable about the world of development and the factors...

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University & Main Street Forum 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Presented by Connecticut Main Street Center, Upper Albany Main Street and University of Hartford Keynote: A Private University with a Public Purpose Walter Harrison, President, University of Hartford President Harrison discussed the mission of the University and how it guides the approach to neighborhood development. Case Study: Upper Albany Micro...

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got funding?

Friday, May 13, 2011


Financial Resources for Managing & Redeveloping Connecticut’s Downtowns New Haven CT Agenda & Speaker Profiles Financing a Downtown Management Program Steve Gibson, President, Urban Place Consulting Group Rena Masten Leddy, Executive Director, Town Green Special Services District (New Haven) This session will provide national and local examples of successful and...

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Engaging Your Community: Setting the Stage for TOD

Friday, January 28, 2011


Growing numbers of people want to live in vibrant downtowns filled with choices in housing and transportation, where a welcoming pedestrian environment teems with a mix of shops and services.   The first step is engaging the community in a visioning and planning process that builds consensus for the future of downtown. ...

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Live, Work, Play … and Commute!

Friday, June 18, 2010


Encouraging Transit Oriented Development in Connecticut Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is the exciting trend in creating and revitalizing vibrant, livable communities which are compact and walkable, centered around high quality transportation systems that make it possible to live a higher quality of life without complete dependence on a car for...

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Share Your Heritage: How to Succeed in Heritage Tourism

Friday, March 12, 2010


with Amy Jordan Webb, National Trust for Historic Preservation Tourism is a powerful economic development tool.  Tourism creates jobs, provides new business opportunities and strengthens local economies.  The core idea in cultural heritage tourism is: Save your Heritage and your Culture, Share it with Visitors, and Reap the Economic Benefits...

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The ROI of Historic Preservation

Friday, December 11, 2009


with Donovan Rypkema, Principal of Place Economics Connecticut is blessed with historic town centers, neighborhood commercial districts and city centers – cornerstones for keeping our state economically competitive and contributing to our quality of life. But what is the return on investment (ROI) of preserving and ensuring our historic main...

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Understanding the Municipal Role in Main Street Revitalization

Friday, April 24, 2009


Once again, CT Main Street Center lined up an impressive roster of outstanding municipal, development and main street professionals for this day-long workshop. Topics included best practices in public safety, small business improvement and economic development teams; a discussion of municipal tools and incentives that attract the right developers, fast...

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Master Planning Downtown: Why do it? How does it work? How is it funded?

Friday, December 5, 2008


CT Main Street Center sought out experts with real-life experience in developing and benefiting from comprehensive downtown master planning. Our workshop covered: • How a downtown master plan helps attract, guide and support development • How visualization tools facilitate community engagement • Implementation strategies • Roles of public & private...

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Upstairs Downtown

Friday, July 25, 2008


There are thousands of buildings in America’s older downtowns with vacant upper floors. These spaces boast a central location, high visibility, complete community infrastructure, and are prime candidates for redevelopment. UPSTAIRS DOWNTOWN is an award-winning initiative created to help owners reclaim and reuse these vacant upper floors, and turn them...

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Making Downtown Parking Work

Friday, April 25, 2008


CT Main Street Center responded to overwhelming demand for a high quality program around the issue of parking in mixed-use environments. Our workshop featured compelling speakers and plenty of take-home information to inspire local leaders and provide them with the tools they need to address the thorny issue of parking...

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