Even after the date of an educational workshop has past, the presentations and resources remain. Take advantage of this archive to grow your community.

CMSC Webinar: Gift Cards -- How to Run a Program That Makes $$$ for Your Main Street

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

See below for links to video and other resources 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...

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CMSC Webinar - Light + Justice: How Main Street Lighting Reflects What - and Who - You Value

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

See below for a recording of this thought-provoking & fascinating conversation! In this surprising and thought-provoking webinar, lighting designers Edward Bartholomew and Mark Loeffler explore the intersection of lighting with social and environmental justice, and its inequitable, adverse impact on marginalized communities and human health. As downtowns are looking to...

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CMSC Webinar: Food Halls & Public Markets

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

see below for recording link and additional resources Food halls & public markets: celebrated gathering spaces around the globe, but still an emerging concept in Connecticut. Parkville Market opened in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood In May 2020. Its success is leading many to consider how they can create new food-centric spaces...

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CMSC Webinar Series - 4 of 4

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Please see below for webinar recording and additional resources Click below to view recordings and additional resources for each webinar  ECONOMIC VITALITY              DESIGN                        PROMOTION             ORGANIZATION Webinar Recording (YouTube) Evaluation...

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CMSC Webinar Series - 3 of 4

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Please see below for recording link and additional resources Click below for recordings and additional resources for each webinar ECONOMIC VITALITY              DESIGN                        PROMOTION              ORGANIZATION PROMOTION Webinar Resources:...

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CMSC Webinar Series - 2 of 4

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Please see below for recording link and additional resources Click below for recording and additional resources for each of these webinars ECONOMIC VITALITY              DESIGN                        PROMOTION               ORGANIZATION DESIGN...

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Economic Vitality - 4-Points Webinar Series - 1 of 4

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Please see below for recording link & other resources Click below access recordings and additional resources for each session ECONOMIC VITALITY              DESIGN                        PROMOTION              ORGANIZATION Webinar Resources for Economic...

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Webinar: Small Things that make a Big Difference

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

See below for a link to a recording on our YouTube Channel and other resources. Join us for this Panel discussion including case studies of creative use of reclaiming pavement, public space, & pedestrian connections that make downtown more welcoming and create more equitable places. Webinar Recording (YouTube) Brief Evaluation...

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WEBINAR: The Future of Main Street Retail

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Look below for links to a recording and other resources from this informative and energizing webinar. Mark Twain famously said, "it ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.  It's what you know for sure that just ain't true." In other words, there is no such thing as a...

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Spotlight on Coventry Village: Telling Our Story

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Come to Coventry Village with CEDAS and CT Main Street Center! Coventry Village retains the architectural and natural beauty from its 18th and 19th century life as an industrial mill village. Join us to hear today’s community leaders speak about how they are coordinating efforts in sustainability, equity, community well-being,...

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CTMS Series for CCM: Establishing Municipal Cultural Districts: The Benefits & The Process

Thursday, July 22, 2021

This webinar was presented to CCM members only. The recording and other resources are available below for all. PA 19-143 AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MUNICIPAL CULTURAL DISTRICTS was adopted in 2019 by the Connecticut General Assembly. The Act authorizes municipalities to adopt cultural districts for marketing arts and...

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CMSC Series for CCM: Historic Preservation as an Economic Development Tool

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

This webinar was limited to CCM Members - but you can view the recording and access other resources below. Historic preservation is much more than saving older buildings from demolition.  Restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings can provide excellent spaces for new housing units, small-scale manufacturing and business incubation,...

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Webinar: People-Focused Planning

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

People-Focused Planning: Ensuring your POCD is inclusive and supports your Downtown Renaissance see below for webinar recording and resources A Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) provides an opportunity to imagine a new vision for its future. Learn how three Connecticut communities undertook a collaborative participation process that engaged residents,...

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CMSC Series for CCM: Economic Benefits of Complete Streets

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Complete streets are roadway systems that take into consideration multiple user groups such as drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders. Economic and community development benefits accrue to communities that establish complete streets in their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Example complete streets projects in Connecticut will highlight such benefits. Complete...

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Vacant Properties Strategies: Turning the lights back on

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

See Webinar recording & resources below Besides the obvious, why are these buildings vacant? What are the impacts? What can we DO about it? Donald Poland examines why properties are unused, the importance of market alignment, and expands your toolbox with dreams & visions, master plans, zoning & code correction,...

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CMSC Series for CCM: Developing Your Main Street Action Plan

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

This event was presented for Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) members only - you can view a recording below.   Join CT Main Street Center's Associate Director Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker and learn the step by step process for creating an action plan for your Main Street. We will use a real-life...

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Webinar: Advocating for Main Streets

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Role of the Main Street Working Group of the CT General Assembly The Main Street Working Group of the state legislature was established in 2020 to help educate legislators on issues related to downtown revitalization and to advocate for downtown friendly policies and programs. Join the Co-Chairs of the...

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Webinar: Branding Windham

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Engaging the Community, Embracing the Future A funky and historic town, once scarred by the heroin epidemic, embraces its future through community engagement and strategic branding and marketing. Be part of the conversation and learn how FHI Studio helped Windham embrace their civic pride and highlight the town’s competitive advantages...

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Webinar: Overcoming Leasing Obstacles Through Design

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Increase interest from prospective tenants using smart design. Commercial Interior Designer, Jennifer Gaggion, of Design Your Monday, shows us how and why interior design should be part of a leasing strategy. Learn design tips for leasing vacant space and questions to ask before you begin. Jennifer will share downtown projects...

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CANCELLED Webinar: Vacant Property Strategies: Turning the Lights Back On

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Connecticut Main Street Center is saddened to cancel this webinar due to the circumstances surrounding our speaker and dear friend to Main Street, Jason Vincent. You can read our further statement here, and this article in The Day.   Besides the obvious, why are these buildings vacant? What are...

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CMSC Webinar - COVID-19 Check-in: Do my businesses have what they need as we move into 2021?

Thursday, December 17, 2020

COVID-19 Check-in: Do my businesses have what they need as we move into 2021?  See recording link and other resources below: AdvanceCT and municipal partners in Old Saybrook and Portland present a COVID-19 check-in. We examine how the pandemic has impacted our businesses so far, then explore some exemplary efforts...

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Webinar: Pitch Perfect

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A Quick Introduction to CT's Small Business Financing Options Join CT Main Street Center to view this fast-paced session where funders had 10 minutes to introduce their organization, key programs & products, and a success story. see recoding link below (coming soon) Other resources: Slide Deck Contact List Webinar Recording...

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Webinar: Moving From Crisis to Recovery: We can do this!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Please see below for a recording of this informative conversation: The Main Street program was founded 40 years ago during a time of crisis, when our traditional downtowns were left for dead. We know how to come back! CT Main Street and this ensemble of dedicated and talented downtown professionals discussed...

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Webinar: FIRST -- NEXT -- LATER Safeguarding Small Business During the Pandemic

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

CT Main Street Center webinar on pandemic recovery and resiliency: Kennedy Smith of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and one of the nation's foremost experts on commercial district revitalization and business development joined us to discuss specific strategies for guiding our CT Main Streets to the Next phase of pandemic...

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BRIDGE: The Economic Value of Urban Parks & Public Spaces

Friday, March 6, 2020

Brief | Relevant | In Depth | Guided Education. Highlighting the expertise of CT Main Street Professional Affiliate members and industry leaders, while connecting communities with the knowledge and resources they need.  Our 2019-2020 season will highlight The Power of Place. Not all super heroes wear capes! Join us for...

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MERIDEN - Downtown Preservation and Development Conference

Thursday, November 14, 2019

We hope you were able to join us. Here are the presentations from Meriden: Imagine This! Meriden DECD on Opportunity Zones SHPO Meriden 11.14.2019 Opportunity Zone Prospectus Please register for our next Legacy City series event to be held in downtown Meriden, CT, a burgeoning transit and arts-oriented district located...

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BRIDGE: Creating Walkability... the First Steps

Friday, November 8, 2019

BRIDGE Brief * Relevant * In Depth * Guided Education Low-Cost, temporary uses that animate your streets, and bring people to your district:  Communities that have experienced years of disinvestment face a steep pathway to revitalization. These first steps improve investor confidence and "seed" more permanent, longer-term revitalization - which...

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Retail in the Age of Disruption: HARTFORD

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Learn how Main Street businesses are winning against online competitors.  NATIONAL SPEAKERS | LOCAL EXPERTISE REAL-WORLD SOLUTIONS We hope you were able to join us for information and conversation about the latest tools and resources to help downtown businesses create unforgettable experiences for today's demanding shoppers. Here are links to...

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Norwich Downtown Preservation and Development Conference

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We hope you were able to join us in Norwich. Please click below for details and presentations from this event.   The City of Norwich, also known as “The Rose of New England”, is a historic gem, rich in industry and architecture, as well as business and development opportunities. Come learn...

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Spotlight on Manchester -- a members only event

Thursday, April 25, 2019

We hope you were able to join CEDAS and CT Main Street Center in Downtown Manchester! You can access the event handout below. The evening included an overview of downtown, guided walking tour and complimentary reception. Stay tuned to see where our Spotlight will shine next... Click here for the...

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Torrington Downtown Preservation & Development Conference

Thursday, April 18, 2019

We hope you were able to join us in Torrington. You can access the event handouts below.   The heart of the largest city in Litchfield County, Downtown Torrington is rich in history, industry, architecture, and arts & culture. The Naugatuck River drew people and industry to the area and...

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BRIDGE: Green Rehabs: C-PACE & Main

Friday, March 8, 2019

BRIDGE Brief * Relevant * In Depth * Guided Education  From Main Street to Manufacturing, C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing enables commercial property owners of most types to enhance business operations, increase property values, and contribute to community sustainability goals. Your Main Street property owners can reduce operating...

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HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: Hartford & Norwalk

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Friday, March 1, 2019

Turning old buildings into productive new uses National Speakers - Local Examples - Real-World Solutions Thank you to all who attended the Adaptive Reuse Summit in either Hartford or Norwalk. Our speakers' presentations: James B. Lindberg, Making Building Reuse the New Normal Vice President, Research & Policy Lab, National Trust...

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BRIDGE Series: Downtown Trails as Community & Economic Development Engines

Friday, November 16, 2018

Click here to view presentation     Links to additional information: Source Material: https://communities.extension.uconn.edu/2015/09/20/trails-as-community-and-economic-development-engines/ https://www.traillink.com/stateactivity/ct-bike-trails/ https://ctmirror.org/2017/01/06/movement-to-complete-states-trails-gaining-momentum/ http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/outdoor_recreation/trails/rectrailplan.pdf http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2697&q=322872&deepNav_GID=1631 Naugatuck River Greenway Video link: https://youtu.be/bxU1kc9DGFE For the NRG Economic Impact Study and Community Summaries: http://nvcogct.org/content/naugatuck-river-greenway-economic-impact-study For the NRG Routing studies from 2010: http://nvcogct.org/content/2010-nrg-routing-studies NRG Signage Program: http://nvcogct.org/content/naugatuck-river-greenway-signage-program   Speakers: - Laura...

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BRIDGE Series: CTData Collaborative

Friday, March 23, 2018

Exodus of young people! Retail apocalypse! We hear phrases like this all the time, but are they real? How can we tell? Come to our next BRIDGE Training: Understanding the Data Why it matters for Main Street Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Data Engagement Specialist, for the CT Data Collaborative will present the CTData Academy's introductory...

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Webinar Wednesday! Curate Your Main Street with CivicLift

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CivicLift is a community hub for discovering events, connecting businesses to customers, and for keeping residents engaged.   Founder/CEO Evan Dobos will be with us to walk us through CivicLift, with examples of Connecticut communities that are benefiting from this easy-to-use resource. Imagine a single resource that speaks to everything...

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LOCUS Webinar: TOD Opportunities along the New Hartford Commuter Rail Line

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Developers and investors are invited to join LOCUS and Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) for a chance to learn about new opportunities for building pedestrian-friendly, transit-served mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods that foster a range of residential, commercial and mixed-use development projects along the new Hartford Line commuter rail that will connect Hartford...

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Webinar Wednesday: Introducing CT Main Street Center's new CEO, Patrick McMahon

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Patrick McMahon has just begun his tenure as CMSC's CEO. He is passionate about Main Street revitalization and community development, and is very familiar with CMSC through participation in our network. Patrick was instrumental in drafting Tax Increment Financing District Master Plans recently passed in Windsor Locks and Suffield. In the middle...

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Webinar Wednesday - Working Together to Transform Main Streets and Leaders

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CT Main Street Center and Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH) have announced a new strategic partnership to provide CT Main Street Network members the opportunity to participate in LGH programs on such topics as board governance, leadership development, succession planning, organizational effectiveness and engagement. Highlights of this webinar include: A description...

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Webinar Wednesday: Windsor Locks Goes TIF

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Webinar Wednesday:  Windsor Locks Goes TIF A real-life case study of how Windsor Locks adopted the first Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Plan in Connecticut. Learn the critical steps in creating a Downtown TIF District. What they did - How they did it - What happens next Featuring panelists Patrick...

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Webinar Wednesday - Developing Your Main St Action Plan

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Join CMSC for our newest event: Webinar Wednesdays presented by CT Main Street Center staff and friends New in 2017! CT Main Street Center introduces a new webinar series - making Main Street education easier to access. All webinars will be recorded and posted on our website. February 15th at...

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Webinar Wednesday - Intro to the Main St Approach

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New in 2017! Webinar Wednesdays presented by CT Main Street Center staff and friends Introduction to the Main Street Approach The first webinar in our series provides an overview of the Main Street Approach and how to engage your community. Resources View webinar recording here An Introduction to the Main Street...

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Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities Training

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - Friday, April 15, 2016

A National Grant Training Opportunity from Main Street America & Project for Public Spaces Connecticut Main Street Center was one of five Main Street programs across the country selected to host this training, which represents a new Placemaking initiative between Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America (formerly known...

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BRIDGE Series - Meet CT's New Director of Culture, Kristina Newman-Scott

Friday, April 8, 2016

The BRIDGE Series offers CMSC members quarterly networking and info-sharing events. At our April session, members heard from CT’s Director of Culture, Kristina Newman-Scott. Kristina told CMSC members and Professional Affiliates about her vision for the department, including how she wants art to have a deeper, inherent place in economic...

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SNEAPA Conference Session: Form Follows Fun

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Form Follows Fun: How planners can enable vibrant communities that people love. How do people use public spaces? What makes a place special and unique? What does the community want? Four communities – a small-town main street district, a mid-sized suburb with a booming town center, a vibrant urban downtown,...

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DRI Workshop: BeauTIFul Beginnings - Understanding CT's new Tax Increment Financing legislation

Friday, September 11, 2015

With the unanimous passage of expanded TIF (Tax Increment Financing) legislation in 2015, CT has a new tool for economic growth. Join us to learn how municipalities can invest in their downtowns and communities through the creation of TIF districts. Listen as presenters from Iowa and Maine share their first-hand...

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DRI Workshop - Building Lasting DownTOWN/GOWN Relationships

Friday, March 13, 2015

Institutions of higher learning and municipalities are forming lasting partnerships for downtown/commercial neighborhoods. What kinds of initiatives are being developed? What are the results? Join us as we discuss these win-win partnerships during a case study, panel discussion and interactive breakout sessions. To view the flyer for this event, click...

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CMSC,CEDAS & CCAPA Workshop - New Directions in Tax Increment Financing

Friday, November 7, 2014

Throughout the country Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is used as an effective economic development tool. Learn how other states are using TIF's and about the potential benefit to Connecticut's communities. CMSC shares lessons learned through the Come Home to Downtown program, while Yale Law School's Community and Economic Development Clinic,...

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CMSC Member Webinar - POP Pre-Application

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

During this free webinar we'll go over the 2015 Preservation of Place grant pre-application process. All CMSC members in good standing are eligible to apply, but you must submit a pre-application and work with CMSC staff. Click here to view the webinar.

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A Brighter Future for Connecticut’s Brownfields

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CMSC presented a free workshop in late May to inform town officials and brownfield owners and developers about new opportunities. Some of the changes that were addressed include: Legislation that reduces liability for towns and cities working to rehabilitate and market their brownfield properties. New streamlined regulatory approval processes. Newly...

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Placemaking II: Creative Solutions for Invigorating Your Town

Friday, April 25, 2014

Communities across the country are thinking outside the box and implementing new tools and strategies to invigorate their downtowns and Main Streets. Leaders from Connecticut and New York share how successful Placemaking programs are being programmed and managed. Workshop Agenda Sessions & Speakers Whimsy Amongst the Warehouses! Leslie Zemsky, Director of Fun,...

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The Many Faces of Placemaking

Friday, October 25, 2013

Learn what it takes to make a great place. It starts by creating a place where people feel they belong. Where they feel empowered to help shape their neighborhoods, physically and culturally.   Sessions and Speakers The Art of Planning Public Events Robert Gregson, Creative Director, CT Office of Tourism Due...

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Creating Transit Villages in Connecticut

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sessions and Speakers Transit Villages: Building Around Our Transit Assets Eric Halvorsen, AICP, Project Manager Metropolitan (Boston) Area Planning Council     The Metropolitan Area Planning Council developed a classification system for the 280+ station areas in the region, and began working with municipalities to identify opportunities and impediments to development around...

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CMSC/YES Fostering Communities that Attract Young People

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) and Young Energetic Solutions (YES) presented Fostering Communities that Attract Young People: a forum on what young professionals want in downtown living and how towns can attract & keep them there.  Nearly ninety people attended the two sessions, generating a lively and insightful discussion on...

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Complete Streets, Part 3

Friday, November 2, 2012

Implementation, Funding & the Return on Investment Workshop Agenda Sessions & Speakers Complete Streets in a Town Center Engaging all public and private stakeholders Hiram Peck, AICP, Director of Community Planning & Development, Town of Simsbury Ted DeSantos, PE, PTOE, Senior Vice President, Fuss & O’Neill Emily Moos, AICP, Senior...

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Main Street Investment Fund Program

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Up to $500,000 in Grants Available to STEAP-Eligible Municipalities and Municipalities with Populations of Less than 30,000 Recently passed legislation created the Main Street Investment Fund Program providing grants of up to $500,000 to eligible municipalities that have approved plans to develop or improve their town’s commercial centers.  The Main...

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Complete Streets, Part 2

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Working Together to Design Great Places Workshop Agenda Sessions & Speakers (files are large) View a short video with highlights from the workshop. State of the State: Case Studies from Connecticut & New England Will Britnell, Principal Engineer, CT DOT Roadway Design Unit Ted DeSantos, Senior VP, Fuss & O’Neill...

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Complete Streets, Part 1

Friday, March 9, 2012

What are they? What are the benefits? How do we create them? Workshop Agenda March 9, 2012 Sessions & Speakers: (files are large) Introduction: What are Complete Streets? Defining Complete Streets and an Introduction to CRCOG’s Community Resources & Tools. Sandra M. Fry, Principal Transportation Planner, Capitol Region Council of...

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Economic Development for Downtown Professionals

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1, 2011 8:30am – 4:00pm Hartford, CT SPEAKER Gary Ferguson, Executive Director Downtown Ithaca Alliance Part 1: Understanding the Basics The Underpinning of our Public Policies for Economic Development A basic primer that enables you to be more conversant and knowledgeable about the world of development and the factors...

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University & Main Street Forum 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Presented by Connecticut Main Street Center, Upper Albany Main Street and University of Hartford Keynote: A Private University with a Public Purpose Walter Harrison, President, University of Hartford President Harrison discussed the mission of the University and how it guides the approach to neighborhood development. Case Study: Upper Albany Micro...

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got funding?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Financial Resources for Managing & Redeveloping Connecticut’s Downtowns New Haven CT Agenda & Speaker Profiles Financing a Downtown Management Program Steve Gibson, President, Urban Place Consulting Group Rena Masten Leddy, Executive Director, Town Green Special Services District (New Haven) This session will provide national and local examples of successful and...

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Engaging Your Community: Setting the Stage for TOD

Friday, January 28, 2011

Growing numbers of people want to live in vibrant downtowns filled with choices in housing and transportation, where a welcoming pedestrian environment teems with a mix of shops and services.   The first step is engaging the community in a visioning and planning process that builds consensus for the future of downtown. ...

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Live, Work, Play … and Commute!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Encouraging Transit Oriented Development in Connecticut Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is the exciting trend in creating and revitalizing vibrant, livable communities which are compact and walkable, centered around high quality transportation systems that make it possible to live a higher quality of life without complete dependence on a car for...

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Share Your Heritage: How to Succeed in Heritage Tourism

Friday, March 12, 2010

with Amy Jordan Webb, National Trust for Historic Preservation Tourism is a powerful economic development tool.  Tourism creates jobs, provides new business opportunities and strengthens local economies.  The core idea in cultural heritage tourism is: Save your Heritage and your Culture, Share it with Visitors, and Reap the Economic Benefits...

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The ROI of Historic Preservation

Friday, December 11, 2009

with Donovan Rypkema, Principal of Place Economics Connecticut is blessed with historic town centers, neighborhood commercial districts and city centers – cornerstones for keeping our state economically competitive and contributing to our quality of life. But what is the return on investment (ROI) of preserving and ensuring our historic main...

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Understanding the Municipal Role in Main Street Revitalization

Friday, April 24, 2009

Once again, CT Main Street Center lined up an impressive roster of outstanding municipal, development and main street professionals for this day-long workshop. Topics included best practices in public safety, small business improvement and economic development teams; a discussion of municipal tools and incentives that attract the right developers, fast...

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Master Planning Downtown: Why do it? How does it work? How is it funded?

Friday, December 5, 2008

CT Main Street Center sought out experts with real-life experience in developing and benefiting from comprehensive downtown master planning. Our workshop covered: • How a downtown master plan helps attract, guide and support development • How visualization tools facilitate community engagement • Implementation strategies • Roles of public & private...

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Upstairs Downtown

Friday, July 25, 2008

There are thousands of buildings in America’s older downtowns with vacant upper floors. These spaces boast a central location, high visibility, complete community infrastructure, and are prime candidates for redevelopment. UPSTAIRS DOWNTOWN is an award-winning initiative created to help owners reclaim and reuse these vacant upper floors, and turn them...

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Making Downtown Parking Work

Friday, April 25, 2008

CT Main Street Center responded to overwhelming demand for a high quality program around the issue of parking in mixed-use environments. Our workshop featured compelling speakers and plenty of take-home information to inspire local leaders and provide them with the tools they need to address the thorny issue of parking...

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