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Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC)

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  • CMSC’s goal is to revitalize Connecticut’s main streets and downtowns
  • Focus is on local business community
  • Works with business owners, city employees, and volunteers to bring Main Street back to life

About

Originally launched in 1995 as a program of Connecticut Light & Power (now Eversource) to support the power company’s investments in downtown infrastructure, this organization has long been committed to revitalizing Connecticut’s commercial districts. In 2000, the Connecticut Main Street Center became a private nonprofit organization but retains the same goal of promoting economic development and improvements to the state’s main streets and downtowns.

Who’s it for?

Local, small businesses on ‘Main Street’, but CMSC also offers assistance across the state to help revitalize Main Street communities.

Mission

The Connecticut Main Street Center will be recognized as the premier downtown revitalization and economic development program in the state, with a reputation for high standards of excellence and a record of developing and nurturing successful Connecticut Main Street Communities.

Resources & Services

Education

CMSC oversees a suite of educational programs, including its Leaders on Main leadership development program and Main Street Summits. Its BRIDGE Series events look at a specific Main Street topic while also fostering networking and peer learning. Spotlight on Main Street offers presentations and walking tours by local officials, while the CMSC Legacy Cities Showcase highlights development opportunities in downtown areas.

Resources

Numerous resources are available to entrepreneurs interested in supporting downtown revitalization, including an overview of Tax Increment Financing, a directory of informational resources on everything from architecture to urban design, and COVID-19 resources.

 

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