Funding kicks off the Restoring Our Communities Campaign

Simsbury, CT – October 11, 2011 – Connecticut Main Street Center, the downtown revitalization and economic development nonprofit, announced today that The United Illuminating Company has donated $50,000 for use in economic revival of communities in the utility’s service area.

The leadership gift, double the previous year’s support, challenges Connecticut Main Street Center to raise a matching amount in new revenues, said Shelly Saczynski, Board Chair and United Illuminating Director of Economic and Community Development. The utility has supported Connecticut Main Street since 2007, providing over $100,000 for technical assistance programs in Connecticut communities. “With our increased investment in the Connecticut Main Street program, United Illuminating recognizes the agency’s proven approach for economic and community development in the context of historic preservation,” Ms. Saczynski told CMSC Board members. “This gift encourages additional public and private sector investment in Connecticut’s historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts,” she said. The gift kicked off Connecticut Main Street’s “Restoring Our Communities” fundraising campaign.

“Since 1995 Connecticut Main Street Center has advocated for downtown-friendly policies on behalf of the state’s municipalities,” said John Simone, President and CEO. “This generous gift from United Illuminating will help us increase the depth and quality of technical assistance to Connecticut communities, expand our Downtown Revitalization Institute educational programming and establish us as the champion for downtown-friendly policies,” he said.