Great downtowns don’t just happen. They are carefully crafted by proactively addressing 6 core components: Place, Economic Vitality, Stewardship, Inclusiveness, Sustainability, and Connectivity.
Each of these components is comprised of several individual factors that collectively influence a downtown’s unique look and feel. They work in combination to synergistically enhance each other – attractive, walkable streets encourage foot traffic that in turn supports local businesses. Policies and regulations encouraging the adaptative reuse of historic buildings attract public and private investment that leads to innovative new businesses and residences. Curated events like concerts and festivals coupled with natural assets like riverfronts and parks provide welcoming amenities for office workers, young people and families.
This is a one-stop shop for information and links to other organizations that offer insights and services for improving your downtown. Whether you’re a volunteer or a professional in the field of community and economic development, you’ll find this material helpful for the successful management of your Main Street district.
At CMSC, we help local stakeholders, municipal officials and downtown professionals understand the critical role each component plays in a healthy downtown ecosystem. We also teach people how to take incremental, achievable steps to incorporate these components in keeping with their community’s unique vision and character.
Click the links below to learn more about each component and find a range of resources from webinars, to CMSC member all stars in these fields, to related Professional Affiliates and partner organizations.
Whether you’re a new Executive Director of a downtown organization, a municipal official, or a motivated volunteer, these videos provide an engaging overview to introduce (or re-introduce!) you to the 4 Points: Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion and Organization.
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Our video, An Introduction to Main Street, provides an introduction to CT Main Street Center, an overview of The Main Street Approach, and how to develop a Main Street Action Plan.