Recognizing organizations and individuals for their unparalleled commitment to Main Street.
Connecticut Main Street Center established the Founder’s Award, presented by Eversource (formerly the Connecticut Light & Power Company Award) in 2001 to recognize organizations and individuals who dedicate themselves to promoting an awareness of the necessity of a comprehensive management approach to the revitalization of Connecticut’s Main Streets.
The award is named for its first recipient, The Connecticut Light & Power Company (now Eversource), which launched the State’s Main Street program in 1995. CL&P still stands as the only private corporation in the country to solely sponsor and administer a statewide Main Street initiative.
Founder’s Award Recipients:
Each year, a jury of downtown management professionals selects an organization or individual that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to comprehensively addressing the needs of Connecticut’s downtowns. Past recipients are listed below.
2011 – Connecticut Public Radio / WNPR for Where We Live
2010 – The Partnership for Strong Communities, for its HOMEConnecticut Campaign
2009 – Keith J. Kumnick, SIOR
2008 – Linda A. Osten, former Principal Planner for the Capitol Region Council of Governments, awarded posthumously
2007 – Martha A. Hunt, former President & CEO of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center
2006 – The Hartford Courant
2005 – Webster Bank
2003 – John W. (Jack) Shannahan, State Historic Preservation Officer
2002 – State of Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development
2001 – The Connecticut Light & Power Company