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Spotlight on Main

Downtown Bridgeport: Fueled by Creatives

Presented by Sacred Heart University office of Community Engagement

Fueled by creatives, arts and entertainment, dining and nightlife, Downtown Bridgeport is evolving into an inclusive, affordable and multicultural Downtown. Connected to highways, trains and buses, it can be easily accessed by car or foot. Once vacant daytime office buildings are being converted into residential units, encouraging even more dining and nightlife in the city center. Downtown Bridgeport’s historic amenities are being brought to life through adaptive reuse and mixed-use projects. Public art is bringing vibrancy and engaging creativity in public spaces. 

Presentation Highlights

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

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View Pictures from this event

Photos Courtesy of Daniel Recinos

  • CMSC Executive Director, Michelle McCabe

  • CMSC Board Member, Kelvin Ayala

  • Matthew Shields, Sacred Heart University

  • Lauren Coakley Vincent, President & CEO of Bridgeport DSSD

  • Bill Coleman, Bridgeport Office of Planning and Economic Development

  • Mayor Ganim

  • ES Barraza, Endangered Studio

  • Alicia Cobb, Art Simplicated

  • CMSC Staff

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    CMSC in the Media

    Video courtesy of Stephen Krauchick of Doing it Local 

    With thanks to our Sponsors!

    Presenting Sponsor

    Sacred Heart University Office of Community Engagement

    Social responsibility plays a role in our curriculum, events and student activities. SHU offers Volunteer Programs, Service-Learning opportunities and Service Immersion Programs to suit everyone – every aspiration, every career goal, every social interest.

    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. 

    Bridgeport Regional Business Council

    The largest business association in the region, the 600 member Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) is comprised of six affiliates: the Bridgeport, Stratford and Trumbull Chambers of Commerce, Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation, Leadership Greater Bridgeport and the Women’s Leadership Council.

    Fairfield University Center for Social Impact

    Grounded in Fairfield University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission to share its intellectual resources for the betterment of the community and to educate students to be socially and morally responsible, the Center for Social Impact connects community and campus to create high impact academic opportunities that address local, national, and global challenges and develop individuals committed to creating a more just and equitable world.

    M&T Bank

    M&T Bank is committed to building a stronger community–Together. Our purpose is to understand the individuals and the businesses in our neighborhood, so we can create the right opportunities for the people we serve.

    The Recinos Company

    Here to help you connect with your audience through understanding that everything worth doing starts with passion, and that’s something that we all have in common. Whether you’re looking to connect with your clients through photos, videos or music, our team will always work with you to unlock and release that passion into your work. 

    We create honest, vulnerable & relevant content that resonates with your customers and community. We aspire to increase engagement and add value to your customers and brand. 

    Spotlight Supporters

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