About Us


Willimantic is an ethnically diverse, culturally rich urban haven for artists, entrepreneurs, and academia surrounded by countryside. Proud of its well preserved industrial roots and Victorian age heritage, Thread City residents enjoy living in a town which encourages creative expression and risk taking. The river which once powered the mills is treasured as a natural resource for contemplation and recreation. We welcome visitors, new residents and businesses to find themselves in Willimantic. 

Thread City Development Inc.’s mission is to return downtown Willimantic to vibrancy by fostering partnerships that  facilitate community initiatives; support and attract businesses; improve  the physical value and appeal of the community; and promote those efforts.

We utilize the Main Street Approach™ to structure goals for our organization. There are four major points to the approach: 

  • Design - Restoring the physical value of the district, through both new and rehabilitation construction and through the design of public spaces that will attract more people to walk and gather on a regular basis
  • Promotion - Restoring the social value of the district through branding (creating a positive image of the district), retail promotions, and special events
  • Economic Restructuring - Restoring the economic value of the district, by diversifying it with an appropriate mix of current and new businesses suitable for the given marketplace
  • Organization - Restoring the civic value of the district, by building consensus and cooperation among groups that play a role in the downtown or village center.

Thread City Development is always looking for community-minded members who share our vision of creating a live, work, play and invest destination.

Join us and become a downtown investor!

Website Developed & Maintained by:

Thread City Development
P.O Box 1257
Willimantic, CT 06226


WillimanticDowntown.org was partially funded by a grant from Connecticut Main Street Center and the ‘Preservation of Place’ program in cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Office with funds from Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut
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