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:
- Connects Mainers with each other, resources and expertise
- Coordinates community engagement for greatest value to communities while maximizing collaboration and minimizing redundancy
- Advocates on significant policy issues important to downtowns across the state.
The People of the Alliance:
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.
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,
Northern Forest Center, Mike Wilson
Partners of the Alliance:
With its place-based focus, the Alliance will work with allied issues-based coalitions to ensure downtown perspectives are specifically addressed in relevant issues such as economic development, public infrastructure investments, climate change and affordable housing.
The Maine Downtown Center Advisory Council is a key partner to the Alliance, primarily focused on the working of MDC and its field teams, serving the Main Street Maine and Downtown Network communities.
Maine Real Estate and Development Association will be engaged through Greg Paxton of Maine Preservation, who serves on their legislative committee.
Explore the online searchable inventory of resources and community projects at www.makingheadway.me. 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.