The Maine Downtown Center


The Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, (MDC) program serves as a statewide resource for preservation-based downtown revitalization and serves as the state coordinator for the National Main Street Center’s Main Street Program. Established in 1999, MDC’s mission is to advance economic development in Maine downtowns using the 40-year-old Main Street Four-Point Approach®. The approach is considered one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation for vibrant, healthy downtowns. We believe Main Streets are for everyone. At the core of our approach to revitalization is a commitment to creating places of shared prosperity, equal access to opportunity, and inclusive engagement.

MDC currently has 10 nationally designated Main Street Maine programs, 14 state designated Maine Downtown Affiliate programs, and works with scores of other communities on revitalization and improvement efforts. The program is staffed by Senior Program Director Anne Ball (aball@mdf.org), and Program Coordinator Perri Williams (pwilliams@mdf.org).

MDC is working to stay updated on resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a comprehensive and current directory of support, programs, and funding for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and small business owners please visit the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Resource Compass.

Main Street Maine

This 40-year-old approach has a reputation as one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation for vibrant, healthy downtowns.

Maine Downtown Affiliates

MDA is ideal for communities in the early stages of downtown revitalization as well as for those communities working toward achieving “Main Street” designation.

Getting Started

Learn how becoming a Main Street Maine or Downtown Affiliate may be right for your downtown or neighborhood business district.

Main Street Fellows

The Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program allows Fellows to apply their skills and gain place-based experience helping to increase equity, local resilience, and social capital in MDC communities.

Events and Programs

Our events and educational programs provide the essential training every community leader must know to boost the local downtown economy and leave a lasting legacy.

Funding Opportunities

MDC regularly seeks funding that will benefit our member communities whether it be for historic preservation, training, technical assistance to small downtown businesses, or many other opportunities as they arise.

Advisory Council

The Maine Downtown Center is grateful for the the critical insight and support of our volunteer Advisory Council.

Resource Library

Relevant case studies, research, webinars and more on issues that downtown organizations work on.

MDC Members Area

The members area contains member data, resources, and documents. It is only open to current MDC Main Street Maine and Maine Downtown Affiliate members.

Find out how the Main Street program works and why this 40 + year old approach to downtown revitalization is so successful!