Connecticut Main Street Center 

Connecticut Main Street Center

Inspiring great Connecticut downtowns, Main Street by Main Street.

For Immediate Release

July 18, 2013

Contact: Christine Schilke


CMSC Welcomes Ted DeSantos as
Chair of the Board

(Hartford, CT - July 18, 2013) - The Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is thrilled to introduce Mr. Ted DeSantos, P.E., P.T.O.E, of Fuss & O'Neill, as its new Chair of the Board of Directors. Mr. DeSantos takes over from outgoing Board Chair Shelly Saczynski, with whom he served as Vice Chair.


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CMSC's new Board Chair Ted DeSantos, P.E., P.T.O.E., is a Principal and Member of the Board of Directors at Fuss & O'Neill.
In terms of professional experience, Mr. DeSantos is beyond qualified to lead the CMSC Board. He is a Principal and member of the Board of Directors at Fuss & O'Neill, Inc., a civil and environmental engineering consulting firm with six offices in New England and South Carolina providing expertise in environmental, infrastructure, community planning and development, as well as energy, facilities and design-build services. As a licensed Professional Engineer in six states and Certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, Mr. DeSantos has 20 years' experience in transportation engineering, complete streets design, and urban site development. Mr. DeSantos has worked locally and nationally with municipalities and developers to accomplish smart growth, job creation and community building through public-private partnership.


Since joining the CMSC Board in 2011, Mr. DeSantos has proven himself to be a very active member, regularly attending the organization's Downtown Revitalization Institute (DRI) workshops and other events, as well as participating in CMSC's initiatives by offering valuable feedback and technical guidance on issues such as Complete Streets and creating transit villages. He is a diligent, affable ambassador for CMSC, engaging funders and securing sponsorships from his own company, Fuss & O'Neill.


"I couldn't be more pleased to have Ted take over as Chair," said John Simone, CMSC President & CEO. "He's already so involved - giving us guidance, helping with fundraising and generally advocating on CMSC's behalf. Now as Chair, all that's going to be taken to the next level. His expertise as a traffic engineer who truly understands the importance of streets designed for all users - not just cars - will be invaluable, especially as CMSC begins to have a larger role in the issue of developing the areas around transit stations like CTfastrak and the New Haven/Hartford/Springfield rail line. I know I speak for all of us at CT Main Street when I say we're very excited to work with Ted and the rest of the Board on this."


Mr. DeSantos's term took effect July 1. As Chair, Mr. DeSantos will help guide the company in reaching its FY 2014 goals and position CMSC to continue building on the momentum gained over the last year when great strides were made to increase CMSC's budget, strengthen its relationships with the State and increase the organization's visibility.




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 has a statewide network of over 60 member communities. 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 and Community Development and Connecticut Light & Power, and by Growth Sponsors: UIL Holdings 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.