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Meet Our 2024 Cohort

2024 Main Street Accelerator Cohort

Teams from six Connecticut communities were chosen for the inaugural class of CMSC’s new Main Street Accelerator program – a virtual, 6-month program where participants learn and practice the nationally proven Four Point Main Street Approach and apply it to a specific challenge their community is facing. 

The teams and their projects represent a diverse array of Connecticut towns and cities:

East Side NRZ

Representatives from the NRZ and the City will create an accessible document that provides actionable solutions for businesses to revitalize their storefronts.

Team members:

  • Tatiana E. Urena, President, East Side NRZ
  • Kellie Taylor, VP, East Side NRZ
  • Jonathan Delgado, Econ Dev, City Bridgeport

Georgetown Village Restoration, Inc.

GVR team members will examine how to increase exposure and foot traffic in Georgetown to help support businesses and the community.

Team members:

  • Kate Perry, Secretary, Redding EDC
  • Lisa Devine, VP, GVR
  • Nic Palazzo, President, GVR

Downtown Windsor

A local business owner and Windsor’s First Town Downtown director will reimagine the ground floor VFW ballroom into a retail space-sharing facility.

Team members:

  • Annisa Teich, Founder, The Small Business Collective
  • Deb DeLucia, Exec Dir, First Town Downtown

Town of Haddam

Municipal economic development commissioners, the town’s selectwoman, and local business owners will work together to improve signage, mapping, and the overall visual appeal between the town’s two village centers.

Team members:

  • Kate Anderson, Selectwoman
  • Curtis Browne, EDC Member
  • Mike Karam, EDC Member
  • Bridget Marshall, Oh Fudge and More
  • Courtney Emshwiller-Swokla, HK Health and Fitness

Norwich Community Development Corporation

Planners and local development organizations will collaborate on how to change the perception of downtown Norwich by enticing tourists through cooperative marketing and events with local groups.

Team members:

  • Bobbie Braboy, Director Global City Norwich
  • Kevin Brown, President, Norwich Community Dev Corp
  • Lucas Kaiser, Community Dev. Specialist, Norwich Community Dev Corp
  • Dan Daniska, City Planning and Zoning
  • Nicole Haggerty, Planner, Southeastern CT Council of Gov.

Town of Thomaston

Municipal officials and downtown volunteers will work collaboratively to create a strong network of downtown businesses and begin revitalizing Downtown Thomaston’s historic and visual assets.

Team members:

  • Stacey Sefcik, Land Use Administrator, Thomaston
  • Susan Holway, Secretary, Thomaston EDC
  • Lissa Jennings, Member, Thomaston EDC
  • Alissa Monteleone, Member, Thomaston EDC
  • Mary Lacilla, Member, Thomaston Beautification Committee

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