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Vitality, design, promotion: Thomaston gets inspiration for downtown

Vitality, design, promotion: Thomaston gets inspiration for downtown March 15, 2023 CMSC’s Field Services Director, Carl Rosa recently visited member Thomaston to talk with town officials and downtown merchants about how they can take advantage of their current assets while being proactive and strategic in how they grow.  Carl explained CMSC’s Four-Point Approach to revitalizing downtowns: economic […]

Town of Wallingford Hiring Economic Development Specialist

Town of Wallingford Hiring Economic Development Specialist February 6, 2023 The Town of Wallingford is seeking an Economic Development Specialist to help them develop and implement the town’s marketing, business recruitment and retention programs. This is a full-time position working closely with the Economic Development Commission, related town staff and departments for planning and coordinating […]

WBDC Equity Grants Available for Women-Owned Businesses

WBDC Equity Grants Available for Women-Owned Businesses January 26, 2023 The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) announced the next round of their Equity Match Grant Program is now open.  The program offers grants of up to $10,000 to CT women-owned businesses that have been in business for 2 or more years and have revenues between $25K […]

Higganum Issues RFQ for Real Estate Developers

Town of Haddam Issues RFQ Redevelop Higganum Property January 25, 2023 The Town of Haddam is seeking proposals from qualified real estate developers for the redevelopment of the former Rossi Lumber Company property in the heart of Higganum. The town has acquired the property and received $1.5 million for environmental remediation. This project is across […]

Colorful Bridgeport Creates Video Series for New Murals

Colorful Bridgeport Creates Video Series for New Murals January 24, 2023 CMSC Member Colorful Bridgeport partnered up with the City of Bridgeport to install a series of murals in their neighborhood that add to the sense of community by celebrating the full spectrum of the Downtown’s people, places, and spaces. The extremely talented Gary Judkins […]

CMSC Adds Voice to Work, Live, Ride Movement

CMSC Calls for More Affordable Housing January 23, 2023 CMSC’s Executive Director, Michelle McCabe, spoke on behalf of downtowns during a recent press conference calling for more affordable housing hosted by Desegregate CT.  “If people are spending all of their money on transportation and on housing, then that means that they have fewer resources to […]

Press Release: CMSC Launches New Downtown Assessment Tool

Press Release: CMSC Launches New Downtown Assessment Tool For Immediate Release – January 23, 2023 Innovative scoring matrix to provide metrics on downtown successes, offer customized recommendations (Hartford, CT) – Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Annual Assessment tool for CMSC member communities. This metric-based scoring system will […]

Mansfield Downtown Partnership Seeking Event Coordinator

Mansfield Downtown Partnership Seeking Event Coordinator January 18, 2023 The Mansfield Downtown Partnership (a CMSC member community) is currently seeking resumes for the position of Event Coordinator.  The Event Coordinator is responsible for planning, managing, and organizing a variety of events including the Celebrate Mansfield Festival, Trick or Treat in Downtown, Winter Welcome, John E. […]


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