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July 23, 2021

McMahon departing CT Main Street Center

Photo | Contributed Patrick McMahon.

Patrick McMahon is stepping down from his role as CEO of Connecticut Main Street Center Inc., the organization announced Friday.

McMahon, who has helmed the center for four years, implied that he will be moving on to a new position elsewhere but did not provide details. He thanked the nonprofit’s staff and board of directors and emphasized that their work — helping towns and cities revitalize their downtown areas — remains critical to Connecticut’s broader economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m confident I’m leaving the organization in good hands, with a stable financial footing and solid relationships that will help secure CMSC’s future,” he said in a statement. “It makes it easier to pursue my next endeavor knowing CMSC is well-positioned to take on its new strategic goals and challenges.”

McMahon is expected to stay on though July 30, after which CMSC’s associate director, Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker, will become interim CEO while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement.

Board members lauded McMahon for enlisting 16 new towns into the organization’s member network, establishing a strategic partnership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and working to make the center less dependent on grants, which had made it difficult to plan projects far into the future. He recently secured $350,000 in American Rescue Plan funding for CMSC for each of the next two fiscal years during the now-closed legislative session.

“We thank Patrick for his dedication and hard work over the last four years,” said Michael Andreana, chair of the CMSC board of directors. “He’s been a tireless cheerleader and advocate for Connecticut’s downtowns and Main Streets, and it’s clear how much he cares about CMSC and loves this state.”

Prior to his time at CMSC, McMahon worked in community and economic development in the towns of Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks.

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