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.

 

In This Section


Board & Staff

Board & Staff

We're dedicated professionals committed to restoring our historic downtowns and Main Streets. Our Board brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organization while each of CMSC’s staff is accomplished in their respective field.  Together, we...
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...
Our Sponsors

Our 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...
Press Room

Press Room

There’s always something new on Main Street. Downtowns are exciting places, and these days it’s where everyone wants to be.  We’ll help you keep track of it all with the latest articles on downtown trends (including several featuring CMSC and our me...
Contact

Contact

Well-managed Main Streets encourage interaction, and so do we.Do you have a question or need more help? We’ll be happy to assist you.Connecticut Main Street Center c/o Eversource PO Box 270 Hartford, CT 06141 860.280.2337Find us online Facebook ...