Press Release – For Immediate Release
February 21, 2019
Marketing & Development Director
HARTFORD, February 21, 2019 – Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is pleased to announce that for the first time in its history, it will donate 10% of its annual awards sponsorship proceeds (up to $5,000) to an organization in the host city, the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership. The funds will be used towards a new handrail along the riverfront that will provide the public with safe access to this natural asset.
In 2006, WWP purchased the 3.4 acre former textile mill property on Bridge Street in downtown Willimantic. Since then, the group’s efforts have focused on extensive site clean-up and working with the town and state to complete in 2016 the Willimantic River Trail linking three hiking trail networks. The new handrail, located on the parcel, will complement WWP’s overall development plan for the area which includes the new Rio Iluminado energy-generating art installation. WWP partnered with LAGI (the Land Art Generator Initiative), the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern CT State University, and the CT Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts (COA) on the public art installation that generates its own renewable energy.
About Connecticut Main Street Center
CMSC’s mission is to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut’s Main Streets as the cornerstone of thriving communities. CMSC is dedicated to community and economic development within the context of historic preservation, and is committed to bringing Connecticut’s commercial districts back to life socially and economically.
CMSC is supported by its Founding Sponsors, the CT Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and Eversource Energy. CMSC is also supported by its Growth Sponsors, UIL Holdings Corp. and the State Historic Preservation Office . More information is available at www.ctmainstreet.org.