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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 17 Maine Downtown Affiliate communities.




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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Upcoming Events

Maine Downtown Institute and MDC Awards Luncheon

September 26th, 2018
Real Volunteer Cultivation: A Maine Downtown Institute, MDC Celebrates Award Recipients Read more...

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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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