(Hartford, CT – September 26, 2013) –  Webster Bank has awarded Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) a $7,000 grant to support its Downtown Revitalization Institute (DRI). The DRI workshops provide advanced training in the Main Street Four Point Approach™ to Downtown Revitalization.  Held quarterly, they provide an excellent opportunity for participants to learn from and network with other proponents of the Main Street way of life. These events are extremely popular, drawing hundreds of participants over the course of the year.

CMSC President & CEO John Simone accepts a check from John Baker, Webster Bank senior vice president and Business Banking Regional Manager. Also pictured are CMSC Communications & Office Manager Christine Schilke and CMSC Board Chair Ted DeSantos (Fuss & O’Neill).

“Webster Bank has been a long-time supporter of CMSC and we couldn’t be more pleased that they decided to continue sponsoring our DRI workshop series. These workshops are a fantastic opportunity for our members and others to learn about industry best practices and really dig in to what it means to create a successful downtown,” said CMSC President & CEO John Simone. “In supporting our DRI series, Webster is really supporting Connecticut’s downtowns and Main Streets, helping them to continuously improve and thrive.”

“Webster has been involved with this agency since its inception in 2000,” said John Baker, senior vice president and Business Banking Regional Manager at Webster who is also a board member and current Treasurer of Connecticut Main Street Center. “Our organizations have very similar goals and aspirations – to support and foster downtown revitalization and economic development efforts of Connecticut communities both small and large.”


DRI sessions focus on both emerging and long-standing issues related to downtown management. Previous topics include: the connection between downtowns and universities; attracting young people to Connecticut’s downtowns; implementing Complete Streets legislation; and most recently, the idea of creating neighborhoods with housing, businesses and shops along the stations of CTfastrak (the Hartford to New Britain busway) and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail corridor. CMSC was able to leverage Webster’s support for this last session, receiving co-sponsorship from the CT Department of Transportation, which included remarks and participation by Commissioner Redeker.


CMSC recently announced the dates for its upcoming 2013-2014 DRI series. CMSC looks forward to utilizing Webster’s support to design sessions with captivating speakers that offer practical, relevant information that attendees can put to use immediately.


The 2013-2014 workshops take place on:

  • Friday, October 25, 2013
  • Friday, January 24, 2014
  • Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Friday, July 25, 2014

All of the workshops will be held at The Lyceum in Hartford. The first workshop in October will focus on Placemaking with more details being provided closer to the date of the event. Anyone interested in attending one of these sessions or reviewing materials from past DRI workshops are invited to view CMSC’s website at www.ctmainstreet.org.