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CMSC Mourns the Loss of Rep. Q Williams

January 5, 202

(Hartford, CT) – Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is devastated to learn of the tragic passing of Rep. Quentin “Q” Williams. 

Q was a longtime friend and supporter of CMSC, most recently as a collaborator and advocate through his leadership on the Main Street Working Group of the legislature. Due to his outstanding accomplishments, CMSC recently honored Q and his Working Group co-chairs with the 2022 Jack Shannahan Award for Public Service. Q was also an attendee and speaker at CMSC’s recent Spotlight on Main Street event in Downtown Middletown, as well as a past webinar presenter. In addition to his work championing Connecticut’s main streets, he provided critical support on many other important issues, including education, housing, and workforce development.

“Q was changing the world. His passion, dedication to service, and his keen intelligence were special and rare. Not only did we enjoy working with him on behalf of our downtowns, but we enjoyed working with Q, the person. His smile lit up the room. I know he was excited for session to begin and was full of incredible ideas to benefit all the residents of Connecticut. We will miss him greatly,” said Michelle McCabe, CMSC Executive Director.

CMSC extends its deepest condolences to Q’s family during this difficult time, and to his many friends and colleagues across the state.


Media Contact
Christine Schilke
Communications & Strategy Director

About Connecticut Main Street Center

CMSC is the expert resource for developing and sustaining vibrant downtowns that fuel our state’s prosperity. Our mission is to assess, educate, convene, and advocate to develop and grow our traditional downtowns, village centers, and urban mixed-use neighborhoods. We provide education and training, resources and technical assistance, and function as the statewide champion for downtowns and Main Streets of all sizes.

CMSC is supported by its Founding Sponsors, the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and Eversource Energy. CMSC is also supported by its Growth Sponsors, UIL Holdings and the State Historic Preservation Office. More information is available at

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