CT Department of Economic & Community Development
Realizing it would be necessary to gather a combination of public and private support to grow Connecticut Main Street, Eversource Energy (then CL&P) proposed restructuring the program in 1999. With the support of then-Lt. Governor M. Jodi Rell, Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) became a private nonprofit corporation with its own board of directors. In 2000, and continuing through the present day, the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) supports CMSC as a Founding Partner.
DECD’s partnership with CMSC makes good sense for Connecticut’s downtowns. Long-term planning, economic and community development, and historic preservation are all activities we collaborate on to create healthy communities.