Willimantic is “on the rise” and the Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) was Chronicle article 2019.06.18 in town to prove it. There may still be work to do, but there was also much to celebrate in Willimantic when the town hosted the CMSC 2019 Vibrant main Street Awards of Excellence program on June 3rd. From the Chronicle: “… perhaps the biggest local community to win was the host community itself — Windham/Willimantic. After all, [Christine] Schilke said the CMSC doesn’t just allow any community to host its awards gala. “We like to ask, ‘Who has a good story to tell that hasn’t been told yet?’” Schilke said. “We know that Willimantic is on the rise and has had a lot of really positive momentum, so we thought this was a good year to showcase that.” You heard that correctly. In the eyes of a major organization committed to promoting downtowns, Willimantic is “on the rise.” That’s nothing to sneeze at.”

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