AUGUSTA -Â The Maine Development Foundationâ€™s Downtown Center announced the addition of six communities to the Maine Downtown Network program. The announcement was made at the 10th annual Maine Downtown Achievement Awards ceremony held during the Revitalizing Maine Communities conference in Augusta.
BELFAST, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Dover-Foxcroft, Machias and Madawaska will now join the programâ€™s seven other communities that comprise the Maine Downtown Network. â€śAll 13 of these communities have authentic historic downtowns and adjacent neighborhoods with unique character and great potential,â€ť announced Roxanne Elfin, Director of the program and Maineâ€™s statewide coordinator with the National Trust Main Street Center.
Participation in the Maine Downtown Network is an important beginning step toward applying the Main Street Four-point ApproachÂ® to revitalize community and village centers, explained Ms. Eflin. The Downtown Network was developed to help downtown leaders begin to apply best practices in Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring,â€ť Ms Elfin stated. â€śMany states nationwide have launched similar introductory programs, with excellent results in preservation-based economic development. The Network communities receive guidance, assistance and resources â€¦.and they learn from networking with each other.â€ť
The Maine Downtown Center serves as the statewide coordinator for the National Main Street Program. The Center is a program of the Maine Development Foundation, a 31 year old private non-profit membership organization, whose mission is to empower leaders, strengthen communities and guide public policy.
For more information on the Maine Downtown Centerâ€™s mission and programs and the National Trust for Historic Preservationâ€™s Main Street Program please visit www.mdf.org.
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Telephone Number: (207)323-2747