CT Main Street Initiatives Promote Economic Development

Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) has announced recipients of its 2012 Awards of Excellence.  The winning entries represent initiatives and organizations from Hartford, Middletown, New London, Simsbury, Suffield, Waterbury and Willimantic. The Connecticut Main Street Awards annually celebrate and communicate the most successful and innovative efforts in Main Street revitalization in Connecticut. Submissions were judged on criteria which included innovation, replication, representation and partnerships utilized, and outcome. Since the Connecticut Main Street program began in 1995, Designated Main Street programs have generated over $994 million in public and private reinvestment in their downtowns.  Over the same time, 4,121 net new businesses have opened and 2,475 net new jobs have been created.  For every $1 spent on a local Main Street program, $73.13 has been reinvested in CT Main Street designated downtowns, making the Main Street initiative one of the most successful economic development programs in the country.

Main Street Partnership

  • Award of Excellence to Main Street Waterbury & The Republican-American for Celebrating Downtown - a special supplement of the Sunday Republican

Community Investment

  • Award of Excellence to Upper Albany Main Street, Hartford Public Library for the Hartford Public Library-Upper Albany Branch
    • Site Design by Sevigny Architects

Community Consensus-Building

  • Award of Excellence to: Main Street Waterbury, Waterbury Police Department for Downtown Business Watch

Master Planning Main Street

  • Award of Excellence to: Town of Simsbury for Simsbury Town Center Code
    • Submitted by Simsbury Main Street Partnership

Historic Preservation

  • Award of Excellence to: New London Main Street, New London Landmarks, City Center District, City of New London, Greg Wies & Gardner Architects, and Wilbur Smith Associates for The New London Parade Plaza Redesign


  • Award of Excellence to: Rotary Club of New London for Trolley Visitor Information Station Site Improvements
    • Site Design by Kent + Frost
    • Project Management by Richard Gipstein
    • Submitted by New London Main Street

Adaptive Reuse of a Building - Urban Downtown

  • Award of Excellence to: Patrick Schooley, owner for 560 on Main, Downtown Willimantic
    • Submitted by Thread City Development Corp.

Adaptive Reuse of a Building - Town Center

  • Award of Excellence to: Sage Engineering, Town of Suffield for The Bissell Inn, Suffield
    • Submitted by Town of Suffield

Community Spirit Award for Business Retention (Award Sponsored by Webster Bank)

  • Award of Excellence to: The Middletown Community for O'Rourke's Fire - A Community with a Cause: The community commitment to rebuild O'Rourke's Diner
    • Submitted by Middletown Downtown Business District

Main Street Business Owner of the Year

  • Award of Excellence to: Andrew Gutt, Cafémantic in Downtown Willimantic
    • Submitted by Thread City Development Corp.

Main Street Pioneer - Business Owner Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Award of Excellence to: David Wollner, Willimantic Brewing Company
    • Submitted by Thread City Development Corp.

Main Street Property Owner of the Year 

  • Award of Excellence to: Michael DiPiro & Michael Sokolowski, 505 Main Street: Collapse & Rebuilding on Main Street Middletown
    • Submitted by Middletown Downtown Business District

Image Enhancement

  • Award of Excellence to: New London Main Street for "The Big Picture"