Recognizing organizations and individuals for their unparalleled commitment to Main Street.

eversource logoConnecticut 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:

2013 Winner Toni Gold stands with CMSC President & CEO John Simone and CMSC Board Member Lissette Andino, Eversource Energy.

2013 Winner Toni Gold stands with CMSC President & CEO John Simone and CMSC Board Member Lissette Andino, Eversource Energy.

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.

2016 – Upper Albany Main Street & University of Hartford

2015 – Hiram Peck, AICP, Director of Community Planning & Development, Town of Simsbury
Delpha M. Very, Economic & Community Development Director, Town of Putnam

2014 – William Warner, Former Middletown Planning Director

2013 – Toni A. Gold, Urban Planner & Hartford Advocate

2012 – The Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative

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