The Downtown Special Services District is a key marketing and services arm for district constituents. See its link to support Downtown business here during these challenging times. The Connecticut Main Street Center on Wednesday announced that the organization and affiliates will receive an award for community branding and marketing.
“We are proud that this initiative–which is 100 percent local, locally conceived, created, staffed and sourced–is being recognized for celebrating the wonderful individuals, businesses and cultural institutions that populate our community,” says Lauren Coakley Vincent, CEO of the DSSD.
News release from Connecticut Main Street Center:
Eight initiatives from communities across Connecticut will be receiving this year’s Awards of Excellence from the Connecticut Main Street Center, the state’s leading downtown resource. Ranging from a municipality’s role in setting the stage for the downtown’s economic and social success to private citizens who invested in the redevelopment of key historic structures, this year’s winners represent the most transformative, catalytic, and inclusive efforts in bringing Connecticut’s Main Streets back to life over the past year.
CMSC selected organizations and initiatives from Bridgeport, New Britain, Manchester, Norwich, Rockville, Simsbury, Waterbury, and Windsor Locks to receive the prestigious awards. “At a time when downtowns and Main Streets are shuttered, we are happy to bring some good news to our communities and recognize the outstanding work of this year’s award-winning people and programs. Now more than ever, we’re realizing our downtowns are not only the economic lifeblood of our communities, but they connect us in deep and meaningful ways. We know times are tough right now, but we’ll get through this, and it’s the people and communities like our award winners that will help our downtowns and Main Streets come back stronger than ever,” said Patrick McMahon, CMSC CEO.
Created in 2003 to recognize outstanding projects, individuals and partnerships in community efforts to bring traditional downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts back to life, socially and economically, the Awards of Excellence are presented annually. In 2020, CT Main Street Center will present each award locally in the community in which the project is located.
Below is the full list of 2020 Awards of Excellence winners:
2020 Connecticut Main Street Awards of Excellence
— Preservation & Adaptive Reuse: 690 Hopmeadow Street: The Ensign House, Simsbury
— Branding, Marketing & Communications: Colorful Bridgeport: a community identity program celebrating people, streets, places & spaces
— Public Space & Placemaking: The Beehive Bridge, New Britain
— Events & Programming: Global City Norwich Program
— Redevelopment & Adaptive Reuse: The Montgomery Mill, Windsor Locks
— Preservation & Adaptive Reuse: Hockanum Mill, Rockville
— Planning: Downtown 2020 Initiative, Manchester
— Stewardship: Post University Downtown, Waterbury