Our Main Streets are vital to a thriving Connecticut, both socially and economically. Not only are they the heartbeat of our communities – providing interesting, dynamic spaces for friends, neighbors and colleagues to interact with each other – but they also provide a far greater return on investment than typical big-box development, with studies showing that money spent downtown stays downtown.
But creating dynamic, thriving downtowns takes consistent effort and careful cultivation of six core components in order to create an irresistible Main Street. We teach people how to purposefully manage and address all aspects of a downtown through our educational programs and in-depth technical assistance. We also champion policies and regulations that enable municipalities to support mixed-use development and walkable, connected commercial corridors.