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Press Release: CT Main Street Center Announces 2024 Awards of Excellence Winners

CT Main Street Center Announces 2024 Awards of Excellence Winners

For Immediate Release – May 10, 2024

(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Main Street Center is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2024 Awards of Excellence, recognizing four individuals and communities for their outstanding contributions to downtown vibrancy. Three of the awards honor individuals for their leadership in effectuating positive change in Connecticut’s downtowns, while another honors the City of New Haven for its efforts to spur vibrancy across its many distinct neighborhoods. The recipients will be presented with their awards at a celebration taking place on June 18th in downtown Norwich.

“It never gets old celebrating the outstanding work being done in our downtowns, and we’re very lucky that here in Connecticut, there are so many people working together to ensure that our main streets shine,” said Michelle McCabe, CMSC Executive Director. “This year’s award winners have all shown incredible dedication to creating places that benefit all of us, whether through advancing legislation that enables downtown development and growth, or through daily management of the many factors that contribute to a lively, welcoming town center. We’re thrilled to bring attention to their efforts and celebrate them for all they’ve accomplished.”

Award of Excellence

This award honors a CMSC member community whose exceptional efforts are contributing to thriving downtowns in Connecticut.

  • City of New Haven – New Haven is being recognized for undertaking the Neighborhood Commercial District initiative to support its vibrant tapestry of communities, each with a unique vision for its community hub. The initiative stands as a model approach for Connecticut’s multi-district municipalities by supporting multiple neighborhood “main streets”, simultaneously embracing their individual qualities while providing each with support and investment.

The Quentin Williams Downtown Hero Award

This award, introduced last year, honors the legacy of state Rep. Quentin “Q” Williams. Q was extremely supportive of CMSC’s work and a terrific champion for all of Connecticut’s downtowns. This award honors those who embody his greatest strengths, including tireless advocacy, working collaboratively to achieve common goals, bringing a multitude of voices to the fore, and working to create downtowns that are inclusive and welcoming to all.

  • Cynthia van Zelm is being recognized for her extraordinary efforts in the development of Downtown Storrs as Executive Director of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership (MDP). Downtown Storrs is a remarkable example of a Connecticut downtown that was built from the ground up, requiring years of planning, dedicated effort, coordinated development, and endless collaboration. Under Ms. van Zelm’s leadership, the MDP employed an incremental main street management approach to ensure consistent and visible progress. As a result, Downtown Storrs is now a valuable asset for the town and entire state, as well as being draw for UConn’s students and faculty.

“Few people outside of economic and community development will truly understand the level of perseverance and collaboration it takes to build a downtown, basically from scratch, and then to continue to seamlessly manage it,” said Ms. McCabe. “Cynthia’s efforts over the last twenty years have been remarkable, and seeing Downtown Storrs’s arc of growth into a fantastic gem of a town center has been a joy we can all share in.”

The Jack Shannahan Award for Public Service

This award recognizes public and private sector individuals and organizations that exemplify a high standard of leadership with a deep commitment to the success of Connecticut’s Main Streets.

  • Representative Eleni Kavros Degraw, District 17, representing Avon and Canton, is being recognized for her tireless leadership, focus, and innovation in addressing Connecticut’s blight and vacancy problems that has led to consequential changes in State statute. Due to her work as legislative Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, today our municipalities have more tools available to them than ever. Main streets are particularly vulnerable to the impact of a neglected and/or underutilized building, but thanks to the new laws passed under her aegis, they have had an outsized, positive effect in ensuring our downtowns can thrive.

CMSC Founder’s Award, presented by Eversource

This award is presented in recognition of individuals and organizations who dedicate themselves to promoting an awareness of the necessity of a comprehensive management approach to the revitalization of Connecticut’s historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.

  • Michael Andreana, Pullman & Comley, LLC, is being recognized for his nearly ten years of service on the CMSC Board of Directors, including previously serving as Chair, notably during the Covid pandemic. In addition to his steady leadership of the organization, Mr. Andreana was also a strong advocate for the passage of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) legislation. As a public finance attorney, he works with several cities and towns to establish TIF districts, enabling them to finance beneficial revitalization and development efforts, while also providing education and guidance on the transformative financing mechanism.

This year’s awards ceremony will also recognize the graduates of CMSC’s inaugural Main Street Accelerator program  – a virtual, 6-month program where participants learn and practice the nationally proven Four Point Main Street Approach and apply it to a specific challenge their community is facing. The inaugural Cohort includes teams from six Connecticut communities – Bridgeport, Georgetown, Haddam, Norwich, Thomaston and Windsor — who will share highlights from the program and their respective initiatives.  

You can find more information about the award winners and CMSC on their website.

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Media Contact
Christine Schilke
Communications & Strategy Director
860-280.2356
christine@ctmainstreet.org


About Connecticut Main Street Center

CMSC is the expert resource for developing and sustaining vibrant downtowns that fuel our state’s prosperity. Our mission is to assess, educate, convene, and advocate to develop and grow our traditional downtowns, village centers, and urban mixed-use neighborhoods. We provide education and training, resources and technical assistance, and function as the statewide champion for downtowns and Main Streets of all sizes.

CMSC is supported by its Founding Sponsors, the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and Eversource Energy. CMSC is also supported by its Growth Sponsors, UIL Holdings and the State Historic Preservation Office. More information is available at www.ctmainstreet.org

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Goman + York

Goman + York

Listen + Advise + Execute

Drawing on decades of experience, Goman + York’s primary mission is to develop realistic and actionable strategies that revitalize towns, cities and neighborhoods at the intersection of planning, economic development, and real estate development.

Services

Services include: Placemaking; Downtown Revitalization; Community & Economic Development; Mixed-use Development; Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings; Economic Health of the Downtown; Strategic Planning; Small Business Development

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Contact

Denise Robidoux
EVP/COO
111 Founders Plaza, Suite 1000
East Hartford, CT 06108
860.798.2804
drobidoux@gomanyork.com

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Downtown Gift Card Program

Downtown Gift Card Program

Are you considering a gift card program for your downtown? Or maybe you already launched one, but it’s struggling – or worse?

When done well, a gift card program can be an excellent way to market your downtown and support your Main Street businesses.

Learn the secrets of Middletown’s gift card program that led to a 14x return in sales for Main Street businesses! In this webinar, Sandra Russo-Driska discusses the must-do’s and absolutely-don’ts that have helped the Middletown Downtown Business District run a profitable gift card program for over a decade, including selling 4,100 gift cards in 2021!

Helpful LInks

In this presentation, Sandra Russo-Driska, Downtown Business District Coordinator, shares:

  • The support & resources you need to start and maintain a successful gift card program
  • Common issues that come up & how to overcome them
  • The staff & time commitment you need to run a successful gift card program
  • A brief overview of the technology platform Middletown’s Downtown Business District uses for their program.

Other Resources

CMSC Professional Affiliates

  • Link to MP PA post

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CMSC Summit: Addressing Blight & Vacancy On Main Street

CMSC Summit

Addressing Blight & Vacancy on Main Street

Presented by Liberty Bank

Main streets are the face of the community. They welcome visitors, provide residents and community members with a sense of identity, house many small businesses, and host the arts, culture and entertainment that bring life to a municipality. Empty storefronts and blighted properties in downtowns and village centers drag a community down, undermining economic vitality and pride of place for surrounding buildings and businesses.

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Speaker Bios & Presentations

  • Michael Andreana, Pullman & Comley

  • Sarah Bodley, reSET co/ BL&D

    Sarah Bodley, Executive Director of reSET Social Enterprise Trust, is a nonprofit professional with over a decade of experience leading organizations focused on entrepreneurship and the arts. A former professional modern dancer, Sarah earned a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College. She is passionate about systems change, sustainability, equality and justice, and believes that business should be a positive force for change in the world.

    View Sarah’s Presentation (PDF)

  • Kevin Brown, Norwich Community Development Corporation (NCDC)

  • Julie Carmelich, SHPO

  • Jonathan Delgado, City of Bridgeport

    Jonathan Delgado serves as a Sr. Economic Development Associate for the City of Bridgeport’s Office of Planning & Economic Development. In this role, he works with developers, business owners and local community through the administration of various City programs and initiatives. Previously, Jonathan served as Assistant Director for Community-Engaged Research in Fairfield University’s Center for Social Impact, where he worked with staff, faculty and students to design and implement research projects with community partners. Jonathan received his Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Connecticut, and his Master of Public Administration degree from Fairfield University.

    View Jonathan’s Presentation (PDF)

  • Chris Edge, Town of Berlin

    Chris Edge has been the Economic Development Director for the Town of Berlin since January 2015.  He works with companies, individuals, entrepreneurs and others to enhance Berlin. This includes guidance with local government, programs and resources to launch from home into a storefront, move to town, and expand in town.  Previous work – finding employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and a part-time commercial real estate agent.  Has been a foster parent for almost 19 years and resides in Avon with his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters.

    View Chris’s Presentation (PDF)

  • Kevin Gremse, Grow America

    Kevin Gremse is an economic development professional with over three decades of experience. As a Senior Director at Grow America (formerly NDC), Kevin manages a team of professionals who work in over thirty municipalities in the eastern United States. Kevin coordinates a multi-disciplined set of economic and housing development services, including technical assistance, training, and small business lending, and tax credit equity investment to a wide range of clients. Kevin advances the work of Grow America’s affiliated programs, including its federal tax credit programs, its public facility development division, and its small business lending company in client communities. Kevin has used his working knowledge of business credit and real estate underwriting and proven experience with federal, state, and local economic development incentive programs to structure business and real estate development transactions exceeding $6 billion throughout the country.

    View Kevin’s Presentation (PDF)

  • Dan Pesce, Director- Main Street Waterbury

  • Peter Ludwig, CT Green Bank

    Peter leads market engagement for the Connecticut Green Bank’s commercial building solutions. He helps building owners, contractors and other partners understand and access green energy financing programs for commercial and multifamily buildings.

    View Peter’s Presentation (PDF)

  • Rista Malanca, Northwest Hill Council of Governments (NHCOG)

  • Brian McCann, Pullman & Comley

    Brian is a partner at the law firm Pullman & Comley.  He represents businesses and individuals before municipal boards and commissions, and prosecutes and defends administrative appeals regarding issuance and denial of municipal approvals. 

    Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Brian served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Norwalk for fourteen years, and, in that position, he counseled officials in the performance of their duties, drafted and implemented new ordinances (such as a blight ordinance, and a zoning citation ordinance), prosecuted hundreds of injunctions to enforce code violations, and defended the City in hundreds of administrative appeals.

    View Brian’s Presentation (PDF)

  • Yvonne Zhao, City of Hartford

    Yvonne Zhao is the Director of Small Business Initiatives and Support at the City of Hartford. With expertise in economic development and entrepreneurship, she leads initiatives such as the Hartlift program and the Small Business Facade program. Yvonne is a certified entrepreneurship development professional through the International Economic Development Council. Before her tenure at the City of Hartford, she contributed to regional economic development efforts in upstate New York, where she gained valuable insights and experience in downtown revitalization and main street development through collaborative public-private partnerships.

    View Yvonne’s Presentation (PDF)

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Press Release: CT Main Street Center Receives $150k Grant from M&T Bank’s Amplify Fund for Diversity on Main Program in Partnership with Black Business Alliance

CT Main Street Center Receives $150k Grant from M&T Bank’s Amplify Fund for Diversity on Main Collaborative in Partnership with Black Business Alliance

Funding Will Support Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in New London Pilot

For Immediate Release – March 1, 2024

(Hartford, CT) – The M&T Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of M&T Bank (NYSE:MTB), announced that it has awarded $150,000 to Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) for its new Diversity on Main program in partnership with the Black Business Alliance (BBA). The funds will be distributed over a two-year term beginning in 2024. The grant is part of the second round of giving through the Amplify Fund providing more than $8.2 million to 68 lead non-profit organizations throughout New England, Long Island, and Rockland County, NY.

The new Diversity on Main program will bring together CMSC’s statewide expertise in developing and sustaining vibrant downtowns with BBA’s comprehensive resources for Black-owned businesses, including education, capacity building, and technical assistance. The aim of Diversity on Main is to advance equity and support thriving and inclusive downtowns by establishing opportunities for minority-owned businesses to occupy and own main street storefronts and properties.

The Diversity on Main program will provide a framework that can be applied in any community seeking to address storefront vacancies by taking a curated approach to the type and placement of businesses. It does so by providing opportunities that will draw innovative, homegrown entrepreneurs to Connecticut’s main streets, investing in BIPOC small businesses, and removing barriers to entry. Progress will be measured through the implementation of a comprehensive GIS measurement tool that tracks vacancies, inventories current businesses, and measures foot traffic. 

Diversity on Main will launch its inaugural collaboration with the City of New London. Diversity on Main: New London is a two-year program that creates a collaborative framework with downtown stakeholders including municipal economic development, the regional Chamber of Commerce, local entrepreneur support organizations, the Cultural District Commission, property owners, and business owners, with the intention of filling vacant storefronts that will contribute to the overall economic health and vitality of New London’s downtown. CMSC will collect baseline data, convene the downtown stakeholders to activate storefront vacancies, and develop new incentive and marketing strategies. BBA will identify, place, and support entrepreneurs in downtown brick-and-mortar spaces, partnering with the main street stakeholders to create an environment that ensures their success and sustainability.

“We’re thrilled the M&T Charitable Foundation recognized the impact a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem can bring to a downtown and excited to partner with BBA to support small and minority-owned businesses in the New London area,” said Michelle McCabe, CMSC Executive Director. “This funding provides a unique opportunity to partner with BBA – an outstanding resource for black-owned businesses – and a dynamic municipality like New London to support small businesses and address vacant properties from multiple angles. Together, we’ll provide a 360-degree approach to main street economic development that prioritizes advancing equity and inclusion in the most valuable commercial areas of a town or city.”

“The Diversity on Main Collaborative allows us to bridge the gap between what black and minority-owned businesses offer and what they need from a community to thrive,” said Anne-Marie Knight, BBA Executive Director. “Working with the City of New London and its downtown stakeholders will allow us to create a template we can share with other Connecticut communities, creating a vital network of successful entrepreneurs and improving economic vitality in distressed areas.”

“The City of New London and the Office of Economic Development are thrilled to have CT Main Street Center and the Black Business Alliance anchor themselves in the heart of our downtown to promote, advance and help lead our efforts to a more bustling and vibrant central business district,” said Felix J. Reyes, New London Director of Economic Development & Planning.

About the Amplify Fund

First announced in May 2022, the Amplify Fund is a $25 million philanthropic investment as part of the merger between People’s United Bank and M&T Bank. Powered by the M&T Charitable Foundation, the Amplify Fund is a one-time supplemental charitable program to provide further support in the legacy People’s United communities. The first round of funding totaled more than $11.8 million to 105 nonprofit organizations and focused on equity and environmental initiatives, mission-driven and capacity-building work, community and tenant organizing, and financial empowerment and education for individuals and small businesses. 

Phase II of the Amplify Fund focused on providing funding, for up to three years, to nonprofit collaboratives working together toward a common goal for solving a specific social issue, to help advance equity in the following key areas of focus: 

  • Family Stability: Affordable housing, food security, and access to quality and affordable childcare.
  • Income & Wealth Equity: Employment, small business development, homeownership, and financial empowerment initiatives.
  • Workforce Development: Education and training opportunities focused on upskilling and career pathways in high-growth sectors leading to economic prosperity.
  • Health Equity: Access to quality and affordable healthcare, with a priority on youth mental health and women and infant health.

The Amplify Fund is designed to drive sustainable impact that is equitable, accessible, and responsive to local needs. Regional representatives of the bank will continue to meet with local leaders to help inform the strategic direction for the Fund’s third round. 

“Through the Amplify Fund, we are committed to continuing our partnership with organizations like Connecticut Main Street Center that work hand-in-hand with community members in the field to provide the critical resources and programming necessary to truly make a difference,” said Dominique Goss, Executive Director of the M&T Charitable Foundation. “At M&T, addressing the institutionalized and systemic issues preventing disadvantaged communities from accessing opportunities and achieving long-term success is key to our mission as a community bank. We are proud to provide the Amplify Fund as a difference-making resource in the communities we serve.” 

Learn More

For more information on CMSC, its members and programs, visit CMSC’s website. For more information on the Amplify Fund, including the full list of grant recipients in New England and Metro New York, please visit the Amplify Fund website.  

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Media Contact
Christine Schilke
Communications & Strategy Director
860-280.2356
christine@ctmainstreet.org


About Connecticut Main Street Center

CMSC is the expert resource for developing and sustaining vibrant downtowns that fuel our state’s prosperity. Our mission is to assess, educate, convene, and advocate to develop and grow our traditional downtowns, village centers, and urban mixed-use neighborhoods. We provide education and training, resources and technical assistance, and function as the statewide champion for downtowns and Main Streets of all sizes.

CMSC is supported by its Founding Sponsors, the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and Eversource Energy. CMSC is also supported by its Growth Sponsors, UIL Holdings and the State Historic Preservation Office. More information is available at www.ctmainstreet.org

About M&T Charitable Foundation

The M&T Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of M&T Bank, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 1993 and funded by M&T Bank. The M&T Charitable Foundation awards nearly $40 million in grants per year to thousands of nonprofit organizations focused on improving the quality of life in the areas the bank serves. M&T Bank Corporation is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York. M&T’s principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, provides banking products and services in 12 states across the eastern U.S. from Maine to Virginia and Washington, D.C. Trust-related services are provided in select markets in the U.S. and abroad by M&T’s Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank. For more information on M&T Bank, visit www.mtb.com. 

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CMSC Webinar Recap: Funding Main Street Management – 3 Models

CMSC Webinar

Webinar Summary

Sustainable funding for a main street management program is critical to achieve incremental progress in your downtown district. In this webinar, we’ll be covering three models to fund a main street management program: Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, and tax incremental financing (TIF) districts.

Our three presenters will give a short overview of each type’s general structure and pros and cons to consider.

Presentation Highlights


Funding Model Comparisons

Click here to find a comparison of the different funding model types. 


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About Our Presenters

  • Jennifer E. Goldman

    Jennifer E Goldman LLC

  • Sandra Russo-Driska

    Coordinator of Middletown Downtown Business District

  • Michael J. Andreana

    , Attorney at Pullman & Comley LLC

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Press Release: 6 Communities Chosen for Inaugural Main Street Accelerator

CT Main Street Center Receives $150k Grant from M&T Bank’s Amplify Fund for Diversity on Main Collaborative in Partnership with Black Business Alliance

Funding Will Support Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in New London Pilot

For Immediate Release – February 15, 2024

(Hartford, CT) –

The M&T Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of M&T Bank (NYSE:MTB), announced that it has awarded $150,000 to the Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) for its new Diversity on Main Collaborative in partnership with the Black Business Alliance (BBA). The funds will be distributed over a two-year term beginning in 2024.  The grant is part of the second round of giving through the Amplify Fund providing more than $8.2 million to 68 lead non-profit organizations throughout New England, Long Island, and Rockland County, NY.

The new Diversity on Main Collaborative will bring together CMSC’s expertise as the state’s premier resource for developing and sustaining the vibrant downtowns with BBA’s comprehensive resources for Black-owned businesses, including education, capacity building, and technical assistance. The aim of the Diversity on Main Collaborative is to advance equity while contributing to thriving and inclusive main streets by establishing opportunities for minority-owned businesses to occupy and own main street storefronts and properties.

The initiative is expected to be rolled out in phases over two years. During the initial planning phase CMSC and BBA will recruit members representing statewide economic development, commercial real estate, entrepreneur support organizations, and lending institutions to the Collaborative. In addition, the Collaborative will also develop community level data and assessment strategies before launching a year-long pilot program in downtown New London. During this phase the stakeholders will co-create a plan to support local minority businesses, engage the community, and gather baseline data. The Collaborative will also shepherd small business owners to move their business into a vacant storefront through a “matchmaking” process that aligns prospective businesses with property owners and vacant properties.

“We’re thrilled the M&T Charitable Foundation recognized the impact a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem can bring to a downtown and excited to partner with BBA to support small and minority-owned businesses in the New London area,” said Michelle McCabe, CMSC Executive Director. “This funding provides a unique opportunity to partner with BBA – an outstanding resource for black-owned businesses – and a dynamic municipality like New London to support small businesses and address vacant properties from multiple angles. Together, we’ll provide a 360-degree approach to main street economic development that prioritizes advancing equity and inclusion in the most valuable commercial areas of a town or city.”

“The Diversity on Main Collaborative allows us to bridge the gap between what black and minority-owned businesses offer and what they need from a community to thrive,” said Anne-Marie Knight, BBA Executive Director. “Working with the City of New London and its downtown stakeholders will allow us to create a template we can share with other Connecticut communities, creating a vital network of successful entrepreneurs and improving economic vitality in distressed areas.”

“Through the Amplify Fund, we are committed to continuing our partnership with organizations like Connecticut Main Street Center that work hand-in-hand with community members in the field to provide the critical resources and programming necessary to truly make a difference,” said Dominique Goss, Executive Director of the M&T Charitable Foundation. “At M&T, addressing the institutionalized and systemic issues preventing disadvantaged communities from accessing opportunities and achieving long-term success is key to our mission as a community bank. We are proud to provide the Amplify Fund as a difference-making resource in the communities we serve.” 

First announced in May 2022, the Amplify Fund is a $25 million philanthropic investment as part of the merger between People’s United Bank and M&T Bank. Powered by the M&T Charitable Foundation, the Amplify Fund is a one-time supplemental charitable program to provide further support in the legacy People’s United communities. The first round of funding totaled more than $11.8 million to 105 nonprofit organizations and focused on equity and environmental initiatives, mission-driven and capacity-building work, community and tenant organizing, and financial empowerment and education for individuals and small businesses. 

Phase II of the Amplify Fund focused on providing funding, for up to three years, to nonprofit collaboratives working together toward a common goal for solving a specific social issue, to help advance equity in the following key areas of focus: 

  • Family Stability: Affordable housing, food security, and access to quality and affordable childcare.
  • Income & Wealth Equity: Employment, small business development, homeownership, and financial empowerment initiatives.
  • Workforce Development: Education and training opportunities focused on upskilling and career pathways in high-growth sectors leading to economic prosperity.
  • Health Equity: Access to quality and affordable healthcare, with a priority on youth mental health and women and infant health.

The Amplify Fund is designed to drive sustainable impact that is equitable, accessible, and responsive to local needs. Regional representatives of the bank will continue to meet with local leaders to help inform the strategic direction for the Fund’s third round. 

Learn More

For more information on CMSC, its members and programs, visit CMSC’s website. For more information on the Amplify Fund, including the full list of grant recipients in New England and Metro New York, please visit the Amplify Fund website.  

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Media Contact
Christine Schilke
Communications & Strategy Director
860-280.2356
christine@ctmainstreet.org


About Connecticut Main Street Center

CMSC is the expert resource for developing and sustaining vibrant downtowns that fuel our state’s prosperity. Our mission is to assess, educate, convene, and advocate to develop and grow our traditional downtowns, village centers, and urban mixed-use neighborhoods. We provide education and training, resources and technical assistance, and function as the statewide champion for downtowns and Main Streets of all sizes.

CMSC is supported by its Founding Sponsors, the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and Eversource Energy. CMSC is also supported by its Growth Sponsors, UIL Holdings and the State Historic Preservation Office. More information is available at www.ctmainstreet.org

About M&T Charitable Foundation

The M&T Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of M&T Bank, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 1993 and funded by M&T Bank. The M&T Charitable Foundation awards nearly $40 million in grants per year to thousands of nonprofit organizations focused on improving the quality of life in the areas the bank serves. M&T Bank Corporation is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York. M&T’s principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, provides banking products and services in 12 states across the eastern U.S. from Maine to Virginia and Washington, D.C. Trust-related services are provided in select markets in the U.S. and abroad by M&T’s Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank. For more information on M&T Bank, visit www.mtb.com. 

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D.5.1 Placemaking & Wayfinding Signage

D.5.1 Placemaking & Wayfinding Signage

Action

Improve district and wayfinding signage.

Why

A successful downtown main street layout will include highly visible, easy-to-read, and decorative way-finding signage.  The goal is to have a positive experience for both the pedestrian and motorist who are navigating through the district.

How

There are numerous wayfinding and district signage plans available.  Once signage locations have been determined, it’s important to list all points of interest, municipal service locations, transit options, and other significant destinations.

CMSC Professional Affiliates

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CMSC Webinar: CT Humanities Grant Funding for Main Street Projects

CMSC Webinar

CT Humanities Grant Funding for Main Street Projects

Webinar Summary

Are you looking for support for your public humanities projects on Main Street? Has your community started thinking how it will participate in the commemorations, celebrations, and reflections of the United States’ 250th anniversary? 

In this webinar, the CT Humanities Grant Team provides an overview of the grants they offer, what types of projects are eligible, the application process, as well as other resources available for our nation’s 250th anniversary.

What are the humanities?

“The humanities are fields of learning that help us understand and appreciate human history, culture, values, and beliefs.”

Initiatives that CT Humanities fund must fit into the definition of humanities. A initiative that is just focused on art without an opportunity for reflection, dialogue, or some sort of engagement would not qualify. A good example of a Main Street project that CT Humanities has funded is the Wethersfield Heritage Walk Expansion.


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About CT Humanities

Founded in 1974, Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources.

Contact Info

The first step to applying to CT Humanities for the first time is to email the grants team at grants@cthumanities.org to discuss your project. This is a required step.

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Jennifer E Goldman LLC

Jennifer E Goldman LLC

The Gold Standard in Nonprofit Consulting

Jenn helps nonprofit leaders learn new tools, set and achieve new goals, determine stronger methods of sustainability, and direct their organization onto a mission-driven path to success. She also helps facilitate difficult discussions between board members and staff, evaluate programs and events for effectiveness, and can help identify possible funding sources.

Services

Services include: Management consulting for strategic transformation. Mainly nonprofit organizations, especially Main Street programs and communities.

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Contact

Jennifer E. Goldman, President
435 Lakeside Boulevard West
Waterbury, CT 06708
540.454.6511
Jennifer@Resonance.us

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