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 sustain 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.