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The Maine Development Foundation’s Downtown Center serves as the state coordinator for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program. We utilize the Main Street Four-Point Approach® which has a reputation as one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation for vibrant, healthy downtowns. Established in 1999, the Center’s mission is to advance preservation-based economic development in Maine downtowns. We are a member of the Maine Downtown Coalition and are proud to work with 10 Main Street Maine and 17 Maine Downtown Affiliate communities.

Maine Downtown Center Announces

Annual Awards for

Outstanding Community Revitalization

Efforts

The Maine Downtown Center is pleased to recognize outstanding, innovative work and steadfast dedication to community revitalization with their annual, statewide Downtown Awards. The four awards were announced at a celebration luncheon held September 26th at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta.

  • Windward Development and Bath Brewing Company received the 2018 Economic Development Award for their redevelopment of the 1854 Povich Building located in downtown Bath. This project has resulted in 42 new jobs and has increased foot traffic throughout the downtown.
  • Tobias Parkhurst received the 2018 Catalyst Award for his leadership and investment in downtown Augusta.
  • Mike Gent and Cheryl Clark received the 2018 Community Impact Award for their vision and work to transform the Milliken Block in downtown Gardiner
  • Amy Grohman, received the 2018 Leadership Award for her work as President of Heart of Biddeford (HOB).

The Maine Downtown Center Awards serve as inspiration statewide for communities and individuals working on downtown revitalization. They recognize outstanding efforts in communities which are part of MDF’s Maine Downtown Center (MDC) program.
Congratulations to all 2018 Awardees!

See a slidewhow of the Awards event here.


ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE AND

HELP US REIMAGINE MAINE

DOWNTOWNS!

The Maine Development Foundation is excited to launch the 2018 REIMAGINE Challenge Match Campaign. This inspiring fundraising opportunity is possible with a generous $100,000 gift from a long-time supporter of MDF’s Maine Downtown Center (MDC). This donor has challenged us to raise matching funds. Your mission – and we KNOW you’ll accept it – is to donate today so together we can REIMAGINE Maine Downtowns!

With your help, the $200,000 in total funds will be used over the next two years to:

  • Extend the MDC’s reach
  • Satisfy unmet demand for MDC’s services
  • Expand training and technical assistance to communities statewide

For the future of Maine downtowns, it is more important than ever that the MDC be able to support communities and local leaders in their downtown revitalization efforts and train them in the best practices of preservation-based economic development.A strong downtown can stimulate economic growth and serve as an incubator of social and community vibrancy.

Join us by contributing to the REIMAGINE Campaign and MDC’s work to support Maine’s historic downtowns!

REIMAGINE Campaign pledge here

 

Westbrook  Designated as a National Main

Street Community

Walk down Bridge Street in Westbrook and you will tempted by aromas of gastropubs, one-of-a kind local works by Maine artisans at boutique shops, and nearby parks where the kids can let pent-up energy out. It is a far cry from a decade ago when Westbrook was dismissed as a shabby mill town.

It is the culmination of years of efforts by a group of dedicated individuals, business owners, and civic leaders to revitalize and strengthen Westbrook’s downtown district and economy. As a result Westbrook has been designated as a National Main Street community. They are the tenth Maine city or town which MDF has helped achieve this prestigious recognition  through its Maine Downtown Center program. Read more.

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