Celebrating Connecticut communities, individuals & organizations for their outstanding contributions to Main Street.
Individuals and organizations around the state work tirelessly to revitalize their downtowns and create places that attract residents, visitors, businesses and more. To celebrate their enormously effective and impactful work, we created our annual Awards of Excellence. Each year, CMSC selects best practices and noteworthy projects from throughout the state to be recognized for their impact on Connecticut’s downtowns and Main Streets. The Awards of Excellence are presented during our VIBRANT MAIN STREETS awards celebration, held each year on the first Monday in June.
CT Main Street Center Awards of Excellence:
2019 Vibrant Main Streets awards celebration in Downtown Willimantic on June 3, 2019. Learn more!
View our past award winners:
2018 Awards of Excellence were presented at The Palace Danbury on June 4, 2018.
You can listen to a recording of the presentation here.
2017 Awards of Excellence were presented in the atrium of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on May 18, 2017.
2016 Awards of Excellence were presented at E.O. Smith High School in Mansfield, followed by an evening of tours and festivities in the new Storrs Center. Photos by Allegra Anderson Photography.
2016 Founder’s Award, presented by Eversource Energy
2016 Jack Shannahan Prize for Public Service
2015 Awards of Excellence were presented at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain. Photo by Allegra Anderson Photography
2015 Founder’s Award, presented by Eversource Energy
2015 Jack Shannahan Prize for Public Service
Awards of Excellence Program (large file)
2013 Awards of Excellence presented at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Photos by Ben Pollard, Memory Manufacturing
2013 CL&P Award Winner
View the June 10, 2013 Awards Presentation (large file)
2012 Awards of Excellence presented at Cheney Hall in Manchester. Photos by Garaventa Photography
2012 CL&P Award Winner
View the June 11, 2012 Awards Presentation (large file)
2010 Awards of Excellence presented at The Barnum Museum and Playhouse on the Green in Downtown Bridgeport
2009 Awards of Excellence presented at Eno Memorial Hall in Simsbury Center
2008 Awards of Excellence presented at The Wauregan in Downtown Norwich
2007 Awards of Excellence presented at The Gilson Café & Cinema in Downtown Winsted
2006 Awards of Excellence presented at The Crocker House in Downtown New London
2005 Awards of Excellence presented at The Palace Theater and Waterbury Arts Magnet School in Downtown Waterbury
2004 Awards of Excellence presented at The Artists’ Collective in the Upper Albany Avenue District, Hartford
2003 Awards of Excellence presented at The Vernon Senior Center Auditorium in Downtown Rockville