Our members make great downtowns.
The CT Main Street Member network includes communities from across Connecticut. Membership is divided into three over-arching categories: Professionally Managed Main Street Programs, Main Street Communities and Regional Affiliate Members.
Professionally Managed Main Street Programs are communities with a professionally managed downtown including a board of directors and chief executive officer, and often additional staff. This category includes Downtown Improvement Districts, where business owners within a specified area of the downtown form a group to govern their activities related to revitalizing the area. This category also includes some Professionally Managed Main Street Programs that have taken the additional step of being recognized by the National Main Street Center as Designated Communities and must adhere to national standards in order to achieve this status.
Main Street Communities are qualified municipalities and non-profit organizations that are effective in establishing and maintaining partnerships in an effort to maintain and rejuvenate their main street districts.
Regional Members represent a number of communities that participate in CMSC membership through an umbrella organization covering a specific region.
CMSC helps all of its members analyze core issues and set attainable objectives through education and training, resources, tools and advocacy.