Connecticut Main Street Center

Connecticut Main Street Center

Press ReleaseFor Immediate Release

Toni Gold, Urban Planner & Hartford Advocate, to Receive Award from Connecticut Main Street Center 



(Hartford, CT - April 15, 2013)Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is pleased to announce Hartford resident Toni A. Gold has been chosen to receive the 2013 Connecticut Light and Power Company Award for Outstanding Contributions to Main Street Revitalization. The CL&P Award was established by CMSC in 2001 to recognize individuals and organizations who dedicate themselves to promoting an awareness of the necessity of a comprehensive management approach to the revitalization Connecticut's historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.


The recipient of the 2006 National Main Street Business Leadership Award, CL&P is the only private corporation in the country to have founded a statewide Main Street program. Concerned about protecting its significant investment in the infrastructure of older commercial districts across the state, CL&P chose to provide the funding and administrative support needed to start the Connecticut Main Street program in 1995.

Toni A. Gold  

Toni Gold is an urban planning and development specialist with expertise in transportation for livable communities, historic preservation, waterfront projects, and commercial revitalization. She is a national expert in Context Sensitive Solutions, which she has taught to state departments of transportation. Toni managed a $24 million capital program for Riverfront Recapture in Hartford, which re-connected downtown Hartford to its riverfront.


As an activist and advocate Toni organized her neighbors in the West End and Asylum Hill neighborhoods of Hartford ten years ago on behalf of a strategic plan for the traffic-calming and commercial revitalization of Hartford's Farmington Avenue. Most recently she has organized the Hub of Hartford (I-84) Steering Committee, rallying the City, the Region and ConnDOT behind an effort to re-plan and redesign Interstate 84 in downtown Hartford to reduce its intrusive nature and re-knit the urban fabric. Through Toni's ability to coordinate the many interests represented (residents, business owners, employees, NRZ/community organizations, City staff, ConnDOT & DEEP), the Steering Committee agreed on an option that would provide an opportunity to develop over 1 million square feet of mixed-use, transit-oriented development in the heart of downtown adjacent to a newly-accessible Bushnell Park, thus reconnecting Hartford's now-bisected neighborhoods.


The CL&P Award will be presented at the 2013 Connecticut Main Street Awards Gala on June 10th at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in downtown Hartford.


Past recipients of the CL&P Award include:

2012 - Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative

2011 - WNPR, for Where We Live

2010 - The Partnership for Strong Communities' HOMEConnecticut Campaign

2009 - Keith J. Kumnick, SIOR

2008 - Linda Osten (posthumous)

2007 - Martha A. Hunt, CERC (retired)

2006 - The Hartford Courant's PLACE Editorial

2005 - Webster Bank

2003 - John W. (Jack) Shannahan

2002 - The State of Connecticut Dept. of Economic & Community Development

2001 - The Connecticut Light and Power Company



About Connecticut Main Street Center 

Connecticut Main Street Center is a statewide nonprofit that inspires great Connecticut downtowns, Main Street by Main Street. Its mission is to be the champion and leading resource for vibrant and sustainable Main Streets as foundations for healthy communities.


Connecticut Main Street Center's network of member communities reaches across the State. Since the Connecticut Main Street program began in 1995, Designated Main Street programs have generated over $1 billion in public and private reinvestment in their downtowns. Over the same time, 425 net new businesses have opened and 2,538 net new jobs have been created. For every $1 spent on a local Main Street program, $71.33 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.


CT Main Street Center is supported by Founding Sponsors, the State of Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development and The Connecticut Light and Power Company, and by Growth Sponsors, The United Illuminating Company and the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office. For more information, visit


Christine Schilke




Connecticut Main Street Center
c/o CL&P, PO Box 270

Hartford CT 06141 

Inspiring great Connecticut downtowns, Main Street by Main Street.