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Spotlight on Main Street

Downtown Windsor: Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Presented by Windsor Federal

Windsor’s historic downtown is brimming with possibility. Conveniently situated between Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA, residents enjoy easy access to public transportation and commuter rails. Many development projects are underway in Windsor, with entertainment venues and residential buildings bringing new life to the center. A visit to Windsor’s downtown might entail a walk on the Windsor Center River Trail, a paved 1 mile loop trail connecting downtown and the historic district alongside the Connecticut River; experiencing the growing arts scene with a visit to Windsor Arts Center; or attending one of Windsor’s many community events on the green.

Presentation Highlights

Our Spotlight on Main Street event introduced downtown professionals, economic development officials, and municipal leaders from across the state to this historic, walkable district. This event included:

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  • Windsor Arts Center

  • Thanks to our sponsors!

  • Delicious cupcakes from Moneta Moments

  • Amazing food from Likkle Patty Shop

  • Exciting development is in the works in Windsor

  • Fun raffle by First Town Downtown

  • Rep. Jane Garibay mingles with the crowd

  • CMSC’s Michelle McCabe welcomes the crowd

  • Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks welcomes attendees to Windsor

  • DECD Commissioner Alexandra Daum talks about the importance of vibrant downtowns

  • Rep. Garibay describes the work and impact of Windsor’s downtown

  • Windsor Federal Savings President & CEO Luke Kettles shares how they support the community

  • CEDAS’s Kevin Bielmeier highlights the strong collaboration between CMSC and CEDAS

  • Windsor Arts Center Sarah McKay describes the wonderful contribution the arts community has on Windsor

  • Economic Development Director Patrick McMahon talks about the multiple transit and residential projects underway

  • First Town Downtown Executive Director Ken Fredette shares their many activities

  • Windsor Chamber of Commerce President Andrew Surprise

  • With thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Windsor Federal

  • Inside co-working & community space, Windsor Worx

  • Exploring the Farmers Market

  • Talking with the owner of The Bean coffee shop, one of our in-kind sponsors

  • Touring the renovated Windsor Federal building

  • Touring the former Plaza Theater, being renovated into a hotel and banquet space

  • Windsor Town Hall

  • Windsor Chamber of Commerce

  • Developer Greg Vaca talks about the transformative mixed-use building coming to the downtown

  • CMSC’s Jen Hunter greets people at the reception

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    With thanks to our Sponsors!

    Presenting Sponsor

    Windsor Federal

    Windsor Federal opened its doors in 1936, founded out of the Great Depression with a mission of neighbors helping neighbors, providing community members with a safe place to save money, finance homeownership, and invest in the future. Today, they have eight offices and over $750 million in assets, and are the only Mutually Chartered Institution headquartered in Hartford County.
    At Windsor Federal “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” is much more than a tagline for us; it speaks to our culture, and values, as an organization. We’re here for you – our customers, neighbors, and communities. 

    Spotlight Partners


    CEDAS, the Connecticut Economic Development Association, is a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing the practice of economic development within the state of Connecticut. CEDAS is the premiere association for economic development professionals, providing a forum for the economic development community and sponsoring educational programs and seminars to benefit those in the field. 

    Windsor Chamber of Commerce

    The Windsor Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting businesses and the community. The Chamber’s mission is to provide voice for the Business Community on issues of public policy; to help businesses to work together for their mutual benefit and to advocate initiatives that enhance the town’s (region) economic vitality and quality of life.

    Spotlight Supporters

    FHI Studio

    FHI Studio integrates expertise in a wide array of services and technical disciplines. Across planning, engagement, mobility, and design, we look at the whole to understand the parts of every project. From internal brainstorm sessions to client, stakeholder, and public workshops, we bring a diversity of knowledge and the creativity to get things done.

    Our four studios work together to ensure comprehensive and thoughtful solutions, demonstrating our commitment to continual learning and collaboration.

    The Loomis Chaffee School

    At Loomis Chaffee, our mission is to inspire in students a commitment to the best self and the common good.

    Through rigorous academic programs, myriad opportunities to put learning into practice, championship-level athletics, expansive performing and visual arts programs, and all the distinct benefits of a top-ranked boarding school, we empower students to reach their goals and make a real and immediate difference in the world.

    Windsor Historical Society

    Our mission is to invite people to connect with Windsor’s evolving history by preserving, interpreting, and sharing our community’s artifacts and stories.

    Fuss & O’Neill

    Fuss & O’Neill is a nearly 100-year-old engineering and science-based firm with offices in each New England state, and New York.

    We specialize in planning, design, and construction work in the transportation, water, environmental, buildings, and energy market sectors. We thrive at the intersection of industry and community issues such as economic development, livable communities, complete streets, Environmental Justice, and climate change while offering traditional public and private services. We count more than a dozen Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies as part of our extensive list of clients.

    PC Development Group
    We offer a wide variety of computer related services, including some of the best prices on service repairs of anyone around.  We offer new and refurbished desktops and laptops and have a full retail store with all the computer components you need. You’ll get the same great service whether we’re repairing your computer at the store or we’re working on your business network.  Our professional staff is always here to help. 

    In-Kind Sponsors

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