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Maine Development Foundation

Maine Downtown Institute

Maine Downtown Center

THE MAINE DOWNTOWN CENTER'S
DOWNTOWN INSTITUTE

What do beautiful historic facades, eye-catching window displays, occupied upper floors, parades and fun family events, thriving local businesses, tantalizing restaurants, increased tax base, and renewed civic pride have in common? DOWNTOWN! The Maine Downtown Institute provides the essential training every community leader must know to boost your local downtown economy and leave a lasting legacy. These interactive, affordable and fun sessions provide in-depth learning based on the nationally-proven Main Street Four-Point Approach ® model for downtown revitalization. Sessions are presented by skilled professionals within and outside Maine. In its first four years, the Maine Downtown Institute has trained 466 leaders in 113 communities representing every county in Maine plus two New England states and Canada. Catch the excitement and register today! Then put the magic to work to revitalize your downtown and promote your unique heritage.

Who should attend? Everyone involved with downtown revitalization efforts including all Main Street Maine staff and board members, Downtown Network coordinators, board and committee members, volunteers, small businesses, community planners and elected officials.

All Downtown Institute sessions provide: ideas, tools, resources and inspiration needed to help effectively tackle the challenges and opportunities facing downtown organizations and appointed committees. Continental breakfast is provided at registration check in. Advance registration and payment is required: $25/Maine Downtown Center communities and Maine Development Foundation members
$35/all others

Please note: Since we must provide a headcount to the facility and pay for that number of meals, it is our policy to charge meeting participants who register but do not show. Please notify us by the deadline (listed on each registration form) if you wish to cancel your registration. No shows will be charged the full amount of the registration fee.

Upcoming MDI Sessions:

STAND UP FOR DOWNTOWN
Advocating for Iconic Landmarks, Cornerstone Businesses, and Government Action
Friday, March 17
Norway, ME
12:00 – 3:30 PM
Norway Historical Society, 471 Main Street
Topics: Norway Gets Proactive / Lobbyists’ Playbook / Downtown Alliance of Maine

IT’S OLD BECAUSE IT’S GOOD
How Downtowns Leverage Preservation for Competitive Advantage and Funding
Friday, April 14
Damariscotta, ME
12:00 – 3:30 PM
Location TBD
Topics: The Economics of Historic Pres / MHPC on Certified Local Gov’ts / CEI on funding

EMERGING ISSUES IN DOWNTOWNS
Emergency Preparedness, Marijuana, and Immigrant Businesses
Friday, May 12
Augusta, ME
Location TBD
12:00 – 3:30 PM
Topics: Drowning in Flood Insurance /Politics of Fire /Trick to Getting High /Foreign Investment

DEVELOPERS’ SECRETS TO SMALL PROJECTS
Tricks of the Trade to Rehab Main Street Real Estate
Thursday, June 8
Lewiston, ME
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Build Maine Conference
In Partnership with GrowSmart Maine
Topic: Experts lay out the formula for successful development of small projects, plus tours.

NETWORK JAMBOREE
A Program Designed Especially for Network Communities
Friday, June 16
Bucksport, ME
12:00 – 3:30 PM
Location TBD
Topics: The Refresh 101 / Networks Networking / Quandaries Explored / Morale Boosted

FUNDRAISING BOOT CAMP
The Tools, Strategies and Inspiration You Need to Cultivate Support
Friday, September 8
Westbrook, ME
12:00 – 3:30 PM
Location TBD
Topics: Main Street Movers / Uncovering the Money / Volunteers: Recruitment & Retention

A FRIEND IN DEED
Forming Organizational Partnerships to Transform Downtown
Friday, October 13
Waterville, ME
12:00 – 3:30 PM
Location TBD
Inspiration & Insight: Waterville / Gardiner / Augusta / Southern Maine Midcoast Chamber

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