Downtown Alliance of Maine

A network of communities, individuals, businesses and organizations with a proven interest in promoting and supporting economically and culturally vital downtowns as places with businesses and jobs, community and cultural events resulting from long range vision and design, and strategic public and private investments.

The Downtown Alliance is a program of GrowSmart Maine that:Gardiner Downtown

  1. Connects Mainers with each other, resources and expertise
  2. Coordinates community engagement for greatest value to communities while maximizing collaboration and minimizing redundancy
  3. Advocates on significant policy issues important to downtowns across the state.

The Downtown Alliance is guided by a steering committee comprising town and city representatives, business, non-profits, and agencies which collectively provide expertise in policy areas such as urban planning, transportation and broadband, historic preservation and real estate, strategic business development, collaborative community engagement, strategic investments in public infrastructure, combating sprawl while conserving natural areas, and impacts of a changing climate.

The Downtown Alliance is open to all Mainers and does not end at Maine’s coastline, but extends into the Gulf of Maine to inhabited islands. The Alliance recognizes the interdependence of downtowns with the natural areas surrounding them; working farms and forests, open space and waterfront.

Maine is a place rich with local leaders and innovators full of community spirit. The Downtown Alliance of Maine makes it possible for these people to connect with each other, policy area expertise and capacity building resources.  Want to be a part of this? We invite individuals, communities, businesses and non-profits to be a part of this network supporting Maine downtowns and the rural areas surrounding them. 


Steering Committee:

GrowSmart Maine, Nancy Smith

Maine Downtown Center, Anne Ball

Maine Preservation, Greg Paxton

CEI, John Egan

Island Institute, Karen Burns

City of Lewiston, Linc Jeffers

The Nature Conservancy in Maine, Tom Abello

City of Eastport, Elaine Abbott

Wright-Pierce, Jon Edgerton

Kennebec Valley Council of Governments,

Rosie Vanadestine

Northern Forest Center, Mike Wilson

Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Nancy Grant

AARP Maine, Lori Parham

Explore the online searchable inventory of resources and community projects at As with the Alliance, this online resource connects community members with their peers and local, regional, and statewide resources.  Post a project to share with other communities and post your organization as a resource available to assist Mainers in your area.