Maine Downtown Institutes and Other Educational Programming
Essential training for every community leader
What do beautiful historic facades, eye-catching window displays, occupied upper floors, parades and fun family events, thriving local businesses, tantalizing restaurants, increased tax base, and renewed civic pride have in common? DOWNTOWN!
Maine Downtown Center educational programming includes: webinars, Maine Downtown Institutes and other special programming as needed. The educational opportunities provide the essential training every community leader must know to boost the local downtown economy and leave a lasting legacy. These interactive, affordable and fun sessions provide in-depth learning based on the nationally-proven Main Street Four-Point Approach ® model for downtown revitalization and emerging issues. Sessions are presented by skilled professionals within and outside Maine.
Who should attend? Everyone involved with downtown revitalization efforts including all local program staff, committee and board members, volunteers, small businesses, municipal planners, economic development professionals and elected officials and property owners.
Educational sessions provide: ideas, tools, resources and inspiration needed to help effectively tackle the challenges and opportunities facing downtown organizations and appointed committees.
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Past Downtown Institutes and Educational Trainings
March 4, 2020 – The Story Matters: Telling Our Story In A Compelling Way
February 11, 2020 – Maine Downtown Center Free Webinar: Pocket Parks
January 31, 2020 – Maine Downtown Center Workshop: Facilitator Training
December 11, 2019 – Building Downtown Networks that Foster Entrepreneurship & Innovation
December 4, 2019 – Engaging Communities in Difficult Conversations
October 8, 2019 – Maine Downtown Center Webinar: Downtown Surveys, Data that Drives Decisions
September 10, 2019 – MDC Quick Learning Webinar: Community Visioning Highlighting Gorham and Bucksport
March 20, 2019 – Hiring Workers From the Justice System: Maine Downtown Institute