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Cafemantic customers watch the Fourth of July parade as they sip their iced coffee in downtown Willimantic.
The Willimantic community gathers for a parade, filling downtown with visitors.
February 6, 2013
3:00 - 6:00 PM
February 20, 2013 
3:00 - 6:00 pm 

Fostering Communities that Attract Young People:
A Forum on What Young Professionals Want in Downtown Living
How Towns Can Attract & Keep Them There

Do young people in Connecticut really want to live downtown? If so, how can this demand be quantified and tapped?  What advice can town officials and developers give them about creating the change they want to see in their neighborhoods? 

Connecticut needs as many young people as it can get, to drive our workforce and economy now and in the future, and to help foster interesting communities that will be magnets for economic growth and vitality. This town hall-style forum will give young people the chance to tell officials and developers what will draw them to live in Connecticut's downtowns. Through facilitated discussion, municipalities, planners and local officials will be able to gain insight into this demographic and provide guidance on how young adults can influence the design and growth of their communities. Join the dialogue to offer your thoughts and expertise as young adults and downtown professionals come together to find practical solutions that benefit everyone who plays and stays downtown.


Register now for this exciting discussion!  

CMSC helps build economically vibrant, traditional main streets as a foundation for healthy communities by providing training to its network of public and private partners and by advocating for positive change. CMSC is dedicated to community and economic development within the context of historic preservation, and is committed to bringing Connecticut's commercial districts back to life socially and economically.  For more info on CMSC visit:
YES (Young Energetic Solutions) is a vehicle for people in their 20s and 30s to help foster communities in which they and their peers want to live, work and play. They are a convener of young adults who want to influence the growth of neighborhoods with housing they can afford; interesting things to do; transit, walking and biking options; retail with a mix of things they want and need; and opportunities for professional growth.  While focused on what young people want, YES's work will benefit everyone that wants interesting, functional, and economically-thriving communities.
YES is assisted by the Partnership for Strong Communities.
For more info on YES visit: or
Connecticut Main Street Center
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