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Maine Development Foundation

Maine Downtown Institute

Maine Downtown Center


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 Affiliate 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.

2017 MDI Sessions:

How Downtowns Leverage Preservation for Competitive Advantage and Funding
Friday, April 14
Damariscotta, ME
12:00 – 3:30 PM
Location: Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main Street, Damariscotta
Topics: The Economics of Historic Pres / MHPC on Certified Local Gov’ts / CEI on funding

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

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.

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

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