We’re vocal champions of policies & regulations that support thriving downtowns and prosperous local economies.

CMSC understands the economic, social and historic value of our downtowns. We engage with state & local leaders, private sector partners, and downtown professionals to bring awareness of the needs and benefits of Connecticut’s commercial corridors and historic Main Streets.

Here are some of the ways CMSC is advocating on behalf of our downtowns:

2021 Advocacy Priorities – CMSC supports our Main Streets by advocating for specific legislative changes and general policies that enhance our downtowns’ walkability, expand housing, encourage business, enable inclusivity and foster innovation. Our annual list of legislative priorities serves as a resource for state and local leaders to support robust downtowns. Organized around the six key tenets of a healthy downtown, it outlines several initiatives that will benefit CT’s Main Streets including growing tools and resources for small businesses; providing communities tools to address abandoned and blighted communities; supporting diversity of people, incomes and uses in our downtowns and more. Read it here.


Downtown Working Group – We actively participate in the Downtown Working Group chaired by Reps. Quentin Phipps (Middletown) & Jane Garibay (Windsor/ Windsor Locks). We encourage other legislators to join the Working Group to learn more about how we can better serve Connecticut’s downtowns & Main Streets now and as we move forward.


Desegregate CT – CMSC believes there are six core components of a healthy downtown: Place, Economic Vitality, Stewardship, Inclusiveness, Sustainability and Connectivity. Because of our commitment to ensuring and celebrating the many diverse voices inherent our downtowns, CMSC has signed on in support of Desegregate CT, “a collaborative of people and institutions who believe that we have a moment to change statewide land use laws to ensure a more just and equitable Connecticut”. In doing so, CMSC joins with other statewide organizations like CCM, CCAPA, AdvanceCT, Preservation Connecticut, and Connecticut Preservation Action, amongst others, in calling for zoning reforms that will help address housing supply and diversity. Click here to learn  more about Desegregate CT’s platform and the changes they propose to be considered by the legislature.

Want to see examples of Connecticut towns celebrating their diversity? Check out our 2020 Awards of Excellence yearbook!