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Maine Development Foundation


Maine Downtown Center

Top 10 Essentials of the Maine Downtown CenterMDF believes that vibrant downtowns can be an economic engine of growth; can serve as an attractant to young people, creative economic ventures, retirees and diverse populations; and can mitigate costly sprawling land use development patterns. That’s why we manage the Maine Downtown Center.

The mission of the Maine Downtown Center is to foster downtown revitalization that is dynamic and community-based, and results in economic development, business growth, job creation, housing revitalization, historic preservation, and cultural enhancement.

The State of Maine Legislature established the Maine Downtown Center (MDC) in 1999 to be the statewide resource for downtown revitalization efforts. The Maine State Planning Office (SPO), The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Maine Development Foundation were charged with co-coordinating the efforts of the MDC. The Maine Downtown Center is housed at the Maine Development Foundation and is supported by a mix of private and public funds. The Maine Downtown Center serves as the state coordinator for the National Trust Main Street Program in Maine. Established in 1980, this successful nationwide program stimulates economic development within the context of historic preservation.

The Maine Downtown Center Oversees and Manages the:

  • Main Street Maine program – locally staffed programs in nine Maine communities
  • Maine Downtown Affiliates – for communities exploring downtown revitalization options
  • Green Downtowns and Healthy Maine Streets - strengthening the link between the natural and built environments
  • Maine Downtown Institute – a series of downtown training workshops
  • Annual Conference and Downtown Achievement Awards

Related News

Maine Development Foundation’s Healthy Maine Streets Program to be Featured at National Conference

March 25th, 2015

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