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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.

UIL Holdings

UIL Holdings (formerly the United Illuminating Company (UI)) has long supported CMSC, answering the call in 2008 for larger supporters so that CMSC could grow purposefully and further our mission of inspiring great Connecticut downtowns. They continue to be a consistent and generous supporter of our work providing education and on-the-ground guidance to Connecticut’s downtowns. UIL […]

State Historic Preservation Office

The State Historic Preservation Office (a division of the Department of Economic & Community Development) supports Connecticut Main Street Center’s work and mission, specifically our efforts to enable economic development through adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of the historic buildings located throughout our downtowns and Main Streets. Learn more about SHPO

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