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Maine Downtown Center

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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 20 Maine Downtown Network communities.


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Upcoming Events

Active Community Environment Trainings 2016 - March 2 and March 9

March 2nd, 2016
Maine Active Community Environments Workshops to be held in two locations in 2016. Read more...

2016 Maine Downtown Institute - Healthy Communities: Live, Design, Sustain

March 2nd, 2016
The Ecology of Streets: Designing and Planning Communities for Social, Environmental and Economic Health Read more...

Related Videos

US Main Street Video

September 20th, 2011
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Main Street Bath GAMSA Video Entry

January 21st, 2012
Main Street Bath's video entry for the 2012 Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA) Watch video

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“MDF and the Maine Downtown Center play a critical role toward economic development in our cities and towns. By fostering new leaders, promoting innovative policy and investing in Maine's brand, they make economic prosperity accessible to all of us.”

- Mary Kate Reny, Operations and Marketing, Renys, Inc.


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