Inspiring great downtowns, Main Street by Main Street.
A parade marches through downtown Simsbury. Heather Conley Photography

A parade marches through downtown Simsbury. Heather Conley Photography, LLC

Connecticut Main Street Center is the expert resource for developing and sustaining vibrant downtowns that fuel our state’s prosperity.

CMSC works at both the local and State level to create and implement successful downtowns that meet the needs of residents and visitors.  A successful downtown is one that incorporates housing, retail, social and business opportunities with transportation options for all users – walkers, cyclists, motorists and more.  We encourage these dynamic downtowns through education, technical assistance and advocacy.

What We Do

  • We build the capacity of downtowns to be place-based, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous town centers that successfully marry economic development and historic preservation. We also espouse Main Street America’s proven Four-Point Approach™ to guide our member communities on revitalizing and maintaining their downtowns.
  • We foster the promotion of new ideas and best practices by hosting events throughout the year, empowering local leaders through educational events and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
  • At the state level, we are the voice for programs and policies that advance the Main Street way of life in Connecticut.  We partner with State agencies, meet with lawmakers and participate on legislative task forces to encourage support for our downtowns.

 

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Founding & Growth Sponsors

Founding & Growth Sponsors

By investing in CMSC, our sponsors fund success and support Connecticut’s downtowns. Sponsorship is key to Connecticut Main Street Center’s ability to provide services to its members and education and technical assistance to Connecticut’s downtowns. The b...
History

History

Our story is as unique as our downtowns. The Connecticut Main Street Program was established by the Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) in 1995. At the time, CL&P (now Eversource Energy) recognized there was no comprehensive approach...
Support CMSC!

Support CMSC!

Want to support Connecticut's downtowns and Main Streets? Here's how you can help. People just like you can create great places to live, work, learn and play all across Connecticut - and best of all, it's easy! Whether you want to give a little or...