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Main Street Accelerator

Leadership Development Training

Main Street Accelerator

Main Street Accelerator is an action-oriented leadership development program focused on helping communities better their downtown by implementing a specific project, such as launching a new initiative or addressing a challenge.

During the virtual, 6-month Accelerator program, participants will learn and practice the nationally proven Four Point Main Street Approach; sustainable and inclusive development practices; project management; and community engagement.

Learn more about the program or view the curriculum outline for key dates.

Interested in joining the 2025 Cohort?

Application Information

Applications will open in September 2024

The application contains the following questions:

  • Point of Contact Information
  • Team Contact Information
  • Please describe your challenge or project. (500 characters)
  • Please describe your team. Have you worked on a project together previously? Why is this team the right team? (500 characters)
  • Why is now a good time to participate in Main Street Accelerator? (250 characters)
  • What do you hope to accomplish by participating in Main Street Accelerator? (250 characters)

Questions? Email Savannah Blantz or call her at 860-280-2007 to discuss whether this program is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions
On our team, we don’t have “at least one individual who is a paid professional and has decision-making power/authority in their downtown.” Can we still apply?

We recognize that every community has a different support structure for their Main Street. Our goal is to ensure that the work the group accomplishes during Main Street Accelerator can be implemented and will be supported in the community. As such, if your team does not include a paid professional or the direct decision-making authority but is confident that the work can be implemented and supported by the community, then we welcome your application, just please make note of this in your application.

What is the time commitment?

It really depends on how active your team is, but we anticipate about 4-5 hours a month between self-paced lessons, monthly virtual meetings, and independent teamwork.

When are the monthly virtual meetings?

It really depends on how active your team is, but we anticipate about 4-5 hours a month between self-paced lessons, monthly virtual meetings, and independent teamwork.

Can multiple different communities be accepted if they are focused on tackling the same project or challenge?

Yes, absolutely. There are no restrictions on different communities working on the same goal.


Connecticut Main Street Center

P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141
860.280.2337

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