For Immediate Release
January 7, 2021

Media Contact:
Christine Schilke
Marketing & Development Director


Jason Vincent was a frequent presenter at CMSC events.

HARTFORD, January 7, 2021 – The Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is devastated to learn of the passing of Jason Vincent, President of the Norwich Community Development Corporation, who was found in a national park in West Virginia. Jason has been a friend of CMSC for many years and was highly respected for his wealth of knowledge on planning and economic & community development, his brilliant, creative mind, and his charismatic, convivial demeanor.

First and foremost, CMSC would like to extend its deepest condolences to Jason’s family during this extraordinarily difficult time, and to his many colleagues and friends across the state who are similarly grieving the unexpected loss of this remarkable man.

“We are beyond shocked and saddened to learn of these tragic circumstances. Jason was one of a kind, an exceptional talent in the realm of economic development. It’s hard to overstate his impact on creating downtown vibrancy, whether in Norwich and Stonington, as a frequent CMSC presenter and integral member of many planning and economic development associations, and as an entrepreneur himself. The state has lost an economic development force of nature, and we have lost a friend,” said CMSC CEO Patrick McMahon.

Jason was scheduled to present a CMSC webinar titled, Vacant Properties Strategy: Turning The Lights Back On, on January 12th. The event has been cancelled.




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