(Hartford, CT – March 29, 2012) – Connecticut Main Street Center has announced that Carl Rosa, CEO of Main Street Waterbury, has been selected to be a presenter at the 2012 National Main Streets Conference, April 1-4, 2012 in Baltimore.

Rosa will be featured in the Urban Main Street Summit on April 2nd, where Main Street leaders from throughout the country will convene to examine the Main Street Approach to Downtown Revitalization and how it works in urban settings. The Urban Summit will begin with a presentation on Adapting the Main Street Four-Point Approach in Urban Communities by Dr. Karl Seidman, Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Following presentations and success stories from urban Main Street executives, Carl Rosa will lead a roundtable discussion on large scale development in downtown and how Main Street programs can play a role with City officials, developers, Economic Development agencies and others. Issues in this discussion may include design standards, partnership building, and data and demographic collection.

The 2012 National Main Streets Conference will take place at the Baltimore Hilton, adjacent to Camden Yards. Over 1,500 attendees are anticipated at this year’s event. Conference activities will include an opening reception at Camden Yards, educational sessions, the Main Street Expo, and bus/tour departures to various Main Street neighborhoods in and around the City.

Carl Rosa, CMSM

Rosa was appointed CEO of Main Street Waterbury in 2004. He was named the 2006 Connecticut Main Street Executive of the Year and received his Certification in Professional Main Street Management in 2008. Main Street Waterbury,designated a Connecticut Main Street Community in 2003, has been guided by a commitment to building community consensus around the need to bring downtown back to life through a culture of collaboration. Forming a unique partnership with the City, the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Waterbury Development Corporation, Main Street Waterbury has been successful in bringing people back to downtown through its special events, community forums, and by focusing on a strategy of “Waterbury at Night”; recruiting restaurants and creating a downtown environment which encourages and complements activity around the existing entertainment destinations in downtown. The past two years have seen the rehabilitation of a number of downtown’s historic vacant and under-utilized mixed-use buildings, providing market-rate residential development on upper floors. More information about Main Street Waterbury can be found at www.mainstreetwaterbury.com.