This award is presented in recognition of individuals and organizations who dedicate themselves to promoting an awareness of the necessity of a comprehensive management approach to the revitalization of Connecticut’s historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
Kim is being recognized for her 20+ years of service to Connecticut’s downtowns and Main Streets, having spent two decades at CMSC where she provided technical assistance to members, developed CMSC’s educational programming, and served as interim Executive Director before moving to DECD, where she continues to help downtowns by administering the Connecticut Communities Challenge Grant.
Kim joined CMSC in 2001, shortly after the then-Connecticut Light & Power Company (now Eversource) restructured the original CT Main Street Program into the Connecticut Main Street Center, an independent non-profit. Kim contributed enormously to the growth and success of CMSC, helping grow membership to over 80 communities, more than doubling the staff, and most recently serving as Interim CEO.
Says Carl Rosa, CMSC Field Services Director, “During her time with Connecticut Main Street Center, Kim represented all that is dynamic and inspiring with our downtowns and main streets across the state with the utmost of professionalism. She was an invaluable source of guidance for me during my time as Main Street Waterbury’s Executive Director. She is both a mentor and good friend and I couldn’t be happier that she is receiving the CMSC Founder’s award this year!”