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Founding & Growth Partners

A legacy of investment in Connecticut’s Main Streets.


Understanding the social and economic value healthy downtowns provide our communities and state, our Founding Partners have been with CMSC since the beginning. Learn more about these historic anchor institutions.

Eversource Energy

Eversource’s precursor, the Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) established the Connecticut Main Street Program in 1995. They recognized there was no comprehensive approach to revitalizing our historic commercial districts and they were concerned with protecting their significant investment in infrastructure in the State’s downtowns. As a result, they provided the funding and internal administrative resources […]

CT Department of Economic & Community Development

Realizing it would be necessary to gather a combination of public and private support to grow Connecticut Main Street, Eversource Energy (then CL&P) proposed restructuring the program in 1999. With the support of then-Lt. Governor M. Jodi Rell, Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) became a private nonprofit corporation with its own board of directors.  In […]


At a critical juncture in our history, our Growth Partners provided the support needed to help CMSC grow. They continue to invest in with confidence as we cultivate the next generation of great Connecticut downtowns.

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