Maine Downtown Center Selects Houlton for Downtown Revitalization Roadmap Program

HALLOWELL, Maine July 10, 2019 — The Maine Downtown Center (MDC), a program of Maine Development Foundation (MDF), is pleased to select the Town of Houlton’s Downtown Committee as a partner in building a Downtown Revitalization Roadmap. Houlton has demonstrated the capacity to complete the project and also to implement the strategies from the plan when it is completed.

Downtown Redevelopment Services, LLC will be facilitating the project. The Revitalization Roadmapprocess is a streamlined planning process that takes 7-10 weeks and involves downtown visioning, a downtown assessment (ordinances, business health and building conditions), public input and strategic recommendations (tasks, initiatives or policy suggestions). The recommendations are grounded in short and long-term achievable goals that are highly action oriented and use existing resources or are no and low cost for implementation.

“This project will give Houlton the tools they need to move their community forward,” says Anne Ball, Maine Downtown Center Director. Houlton has done much of the ground work to improve their downtown and this project will position them to continue their revitalization efforts”

 “We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected for this project to benefit Houlton’s beautiful historic Downtown,” says Nancy Ketch, Houlton’s Community Development Director.  “We extend our sincere thanks to the Maine Downtown Center for making this opportunity available to our community.  The timing seems absolutely perfect for us to participate in this type of a process.  We are looking forward to getting underway and encourage the public to get involved.” 

Houlton is one of seventeen Maine Downtown Affiliates and one of four in Aroostook County. The Maine Downtown Center provides vital programming and guidance to towns across Maine and is a one stop shop for revitalizing Maine downtowns. To learn more about the program and how your community can get involved, visit

For more information contact MDC Senior Program Director Anne Ball (207) 415-5770.