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Connecticut Main Street Center is proud of its achievements working to inspire great Connecticut downtowns, Main Street by Main Street. Our efforts, and those of our Board and founding sponsors, have been recognized at both the state and national level.

Susan Westa and John Simone from CMSC and Diane Smith from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority accept the 2013 Education & Outreach Award for the Come Home to Downtown program.

Susan Westa and John Simone from CMSC and Diane Smith from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority accept the 2013 Education & Outreach Award for the Come Home to Downtown program.

2013 Outreach & Education Award – Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association

CMSC was presented this award in recognition of its efforts to engage and educate the public about the importance of mixed-use development that incorporates housing above commercial space through its Come Home to Downtown program.

2008 Community Development Award – Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association

CCAPA presented CMSC with this award for our work in bolstering the social and economic welfare of the community.

2006 National Main Street Business Leadership Award – National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Connecticut Light & Power Co. (now Eversource Energy), CMSC’s founding sponsor, was presented this award for making the vision of vibrant historic and traditional commercial districts in Connecticut a reality and for its steadfast financing and administrative commitment to the Connecticut Main Street program.

2003 National Preservation Honor Award – National Trust for Historic Preservation

This award was bestowed on John (“Jack”) W. Shannahan, former CMSC Board Chair, Director of the Connecticut Historic Commission, and the State Historic Preservation Officer. Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said of Jack Shannahan, “There is no single individual in the state of Connecticut, and few across the country, who have made such enormous contributions to historic preservation as Jack Shannahan. For his innovative leadership and willingness to take risks to ensure the protection of Connecticut’s valuable historic resources, the National Trust is pleased to honor Jack with a National Preservation Honor Award. His retirement this year marks a great loss to preservationists and leaves a void that will be extremely tough to fill.”