(Hartford, CT) -Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is pleased to announce William Warner, the former Middletown Director of Planning, Conservation, & Development, has been selected as the recipients of its 2014 Connecticut Light and Power Award for Outstanding Contributions to Main Street Revitalization. The CL&P Award was established by CMSC in 2001 to recognize individuals and organizations who dedicate themselves to promoting an awareness of the necessity of a comprehensive management approach to the revitalization of Connecticut’s historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.

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William Warner, AICP

William Warner, AICP

For twenty-five years Bill Warner served as the Director of Planning, Conservation & Development for the City of Middletown. During his tenure the City’s downtown area has undergone a remarkable revitalization, establishing it as one of central Connecticut’s dining and entertainment hubs. Also, during that time, more than two million square feet of commercial and industrial space was developed and equally important, according to Mr. Warner, was the preservation of more than 2,500 acres of open space in Middletown’s rural areas.

Mr. Warner has worked tirelessly over the years to champion Middletown’s many natural and historic assets. In addition to reinvigorating its Main Street, in 2011, Mr. Warner announced the City was revisiting the development of its river front – a plan that was discussed for over 30 years. He brought in nonprofit planning consultants Project for Public Spaces, who outlined a framework for a redeveloped waterfront neighborhood, thus connecting downtown to the river and leaving a legacy of downtown revitalization that will be enjoyed by many future generations. This is all part of Bill Warner’s vision for the future of Middletown.

Mr. Warner will be presented with the CL&P Award at the Connecticut Main Street 2014 Awards Gala on June 9th at ROIA Restaurant in Downtown New Haven. Sponsors of this event include: Liberty Bank, Southern Connecticut State University School of Business, UIL Holdings, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Webster Bank, Jasko Development, Colliers International, Community Investment Corporation, Connecticut Economic Development Association, CIL, Express Strategies, and Connecticut Economic Resource Center.

About the CL&P Award

The recipient of the 2006 National Main Street Business Leadership Award, CL&P is the only private corporation in the country to have founded a statewide Main Street program. Concerned about protecting its significant investment in the infrastructure of older commercial districts across the state, CL&P chose to provide the funding and administrative support needed to start the Connecticut Main Street program in 1995.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE CL&P AWARD INCLUDE:

2013 – Toni A. Gold, Urban Planner

2012 – Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative

2011 – WNPR for Where We Live

2010 – The Partnership for Strong Communities’ HOMEConnecticut Campaign

2009 – Keith J. Kumnick, SIOR

2008 – Linda Osten, Senior Planner, Capitol Regional Council of Governments (posthumous)

2007 – Martha A. Hunt, CERC (retired)

2006 – The Hartford Courant’s PLACE Editorial

2005 – Webster Bank

2003 – John W. (Jack) Shannahan

2002 – The State of Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development

2001 – The Connecticut Light and Power Company