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Main Street Maine

Augusta Downtown Alliance

Designated in 2013

Main Street Bath

Designated in 2001

This small jewel of a city on the Kennebec River boasts charming historic architecture sustained by vibrant daily life; a proud shipbuilding heritage that includes modern industry at Bath Iron Works and a world-class maritime museum; and an active community, including one of the oldest alumni associations in the nation. Downtown Bath’s tree-lined streets offer an attractive mix of food, shopping, and amenities. The APA recognized downtown’s Front Street as one of America’s “Great Streets” in 2009. Bath was also designated a “Distinctive Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and received a 2012 “Great American Main Street Award”. (updated 02/2013)

Our Town Belfast

Designated in 2011

Named one of the coolest small towns in America by USA Today, Belfast sits on a hill overlooking the breathtaking tidal waters of Penobscot Bay. Belfast’s past and present speak of its creativity, innovation, tradition, community, and independence. It is the economic hub and county seat of Waldo County with a dynamic working waterfront, an historic and architecturally rich downtown (including the country’s oldest shoe store), and more art galleries than any city its size in the state. Belfast’s landscape melds the natural world of woods and waters with a vibrant rhythm of art and commerce. (updated 02/2013)

Heart of Biddeford

Designated in 2006

Biddeford, Maine’s sixth largest city and once a world leader in textiles, features a bustling, historic downtown and redeveloped mills. Biddeford now has monthly ArtWalks, City Theater performances, historic Mill tours, international restaurants, and artists moving into apartments and studios. Heart of Biddeford complements this scene with summer Music in the Park, the Chalk on the Walk festival, and entrepreneurial ventures such as pop-up stores and the recently completed the Main Street Challenge, which brought three exciting businesses to the downtown. In Biddeford, the downtown is once again becoming the thriving center of this community. (updated 02/2013)

Brunswick Downtown Association

Designated in 2012

Designated as a National Main Street community in 2012 and coordinated by the Brunswick Downtown Association, this community is Amtrak’s northern most terminus for the Downeaster. Downtown Brunswick, with great shopping and restaurants, is anchored by historic Fort Andross on the north and the Visitor Center on the south. Brunswick has a very active and burgeoning art community which is celebrated by the monthly Art Walk and featured in the very popular Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival. Walk, shop and discover this exciting Main Street community! (updated 02/2013)

Gardiner Main Street

Designated in 2001
Gardiner’s 2011 Annual Meeting and Awards PowerPoint Presentation

Gardiner is a unique, authentic community where a charming and historic downtown frames a vibrant and eclectic entrepreneurial business culture. Gardiner’s thriving downtown and historic district are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a
must-see stop for history lovers on their way to Acadia National Park or further "Downeast,” providing an inspiring glimpse into the golden industrial era in Maine. Combine the living history of downtown Gardiner with our sparkling waterfront, distinctive eateries and unique shops, and you’ll see why our little city is such a completely wonderful place to visit and experience our rich and varied heritage… not to mention an ideal place to live and to do business. (updated 02/2013)

Rockland Main Street, Inc.

Designated in 2009

Located in midcoast Maine in Knox County, the county seat of Rockland received official designation as a Main Street community in 2009, the same year they successfully hosted the annual Maine Downtown Conference. Rockland Main Street, Inc. is a focused partnership of residents, businesses and local government that enhances and protects the unique sense of place and economic vitality in their downtown and working waterfront. Community building events organized by Rockland Main Street, Inc. include Summer Solstice, Picture this: A Day in the Life of Rockland and the Lobster Trap Tree and Festival of Lights. (updated 02/2013)

Saco Main Street

Designated in 2001

Saco is blessed with miles of sandy ocean beaches to the east and is hemmed westerly by the beautiful Saco River. To the north, acres of rural farmland and forest compliment the more densely populated downtown and historic mill district. Saco Spirit engaged local businesses and the community to build the Saco Riverwalk enabling access along the river for pedestrians and biking. Saco’s Nationally Registered downtown historic district is just a few minutes’ walk from America’s first green Transportation Center and the Amtrak Downeaster which provides service from Portland to Boston; with newly added runs to Freeport and Brunswick. (updated 02/2013)

Main Street Skowhegan

Designated in 2005

Skowhegan is situated on the picturesque banks of the Kennebec River, and like many Maine towns, its history is steeped in wood products and mills. Once designated and in the catalyst phase of development, downtown Skowhegan underwent significant infrastructure improvements, including the replacement of the town’s water and sewer lines, new streetlights, sidewalk stamping, beautification/green space and tree planting, pedestrian friendly sidewalks, a building façade program, and public bathrooms. A number of promotional events have been held to bring people downtown including Holiday Stroll, Skowpendus, and the Maple Breakfast. The successful downtown Farmer’s Market is open year round. (updated 02/2013)

Discover Downtown Westbrook

Designated 2017

Mission: Discover Downtown Westbrook engages residents, the business community, and the municipality to create a positive downtown environment by recruiting and retaining businesses, drawing people downtown by hosting and promoting events, and making downtown a walkable, livable, thriving destination.
Vision: Downtown Westbrook runs along the Presumpscot River, which serves as a unifying theme for this diverse, vibrant, small Maine city with a big future.

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