Connecticut Main Street Center

Press Release 

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2014
Contact: Christine Schilke
860.280.2356

Former Middletown Planning Director, William Warner, to Receive Award from Connecticut Main Street Center

   


(Hartford, CT) - Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is pleased to announce William Warner, the former Middletown Director of Planning, Conservation, & Development, has been selected as the recipients of its 2014 Connecticut Light and Power 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 of Connecticut's historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.

 

 

William Warner, AICP

For twenty-five years Bill Warner served as the Director of Planning, Conservation & Development for the City of Middletown. During his tenure the City's downtown area has undergone a remarkable revitalization, establishing it as one of central Connecticut's dining and entertainment hubs. Also, during that time, more than two million square feet of commercial and industrial space was developed and equally important, according to Mr. Warner, was the preservation of more than 2,500 acres of open space in Middletown's rural areas.

William Warner, AICP

 

Mr. Warner has worked tirelessly over the years to champion Middletown's many natural and historic assets. In addition to reinvigorating its Main Street, in 2011, Mr. Warner announced the City was revisiting the development of its river front - a plan that was discussed for over 30 years. He brought in nonprofit planning consultants Project for Public Spaces, who outlined a framework for a redeveloped waterfront neighborhood, thus connecting downtown to the river and leaving a legacy of downtown revitalization that will be enjoyed by many future generations. This is all part of Bill Warner's vision for the future of Middletown.

 

Mr. Warner will be presented with the CL&P Award at the Connecticut Main Street 2014 Awards Gala on June 9th at ROIA Restaurant in Downtown New Haven. Sponsors of this event include: Liberty Bank, Southern Connecticut State University School of Business, UIL Holdings, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Webster Bank, Jasko Development, Colliers International, Community Investment CorporationConnecticut Economic Development Association, CIL, Express Strategies, and Connecticut Economic Resource Center.

 

 

About the CL&P Award

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.

 

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE CL&P AWARD INCLUDE:

2013 - Toni A. Gold, Urban Planner

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, Senior Planner, Capitol Regional Council of Governments (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 Department of Economic & Community Development

2001 - The Connecticut Light and Power Company


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About Connecticut Main Street Center 

CMSC's mission is to be the champion and leading resource for vibrant and sustainable Main Streets as foundations for healthy communities. 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.

 

The Main Street initiative is one of the most successful economic development programs in the country. For every $1 spent on a local Main Street program, $71.33 is reinvested in Connecticut Main Street downtowns. CMSC is supported by its Founding Sponsors: the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and The Connecticut Light and Power Company. CMSC is also supported by its Growth Sponsors: UIL Holdings and the State Historic Preservation Office. More information is available at www.ctmainstreet.org.

 

Contact:

Christine Schilke

860-280-2356

christine@ctmainstreet.org 

 

 

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

Hartford CT 06141

www.ctmainstreet.org 

Inspiring great Connecticut downtowns, Main Street by Main Street.