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

At Connecticut Main Street Center, our mission is to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut’s Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities.

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 provide our member communities with a customized plan using a proven Four-Point Approach™ on how to manage, grow and develop their downtown. We guide them through the creation, revitalization and maintenance of these critical downtown infrastructures.
  • We administer a variety of programs that provide opportunities for Main Streets to change and improve their physical spaces for the betterment of residents and visitors.
  • We foster the promotion of new ideas and best practices by hosting networking and educational events through our annual Awards Gala, Downtown Revitalization Institute and more.
  • 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.