Gardiner Main Street Program

It began with a vision – of a revitalized downtown Gardiner, throbbing with life, teeming with art and innovation, aglow with carefully preserved historic architecture, activity and commerce.

Four-Point Approach

Over the past decade, that vision has blossomed into a wonderful reality. Gardiner Main Street was designated as a Nationally Certified Main Street Community in May 2004 as a result of successfully following the Main Street four-point approach.

One of the first Main Street programs in the State of Maine, the Gardiner Main Street organization was created to foster our downtown’s economic and cultural vitality through concentrated efforts of design, organization, promotion and economic revitalization, while protecting the city’s unique historic character.

This four-point approach, developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program, is a comprehensive, long-term, incremental strategy tailored to the local needs and opportunities of the community. The Gardiner Main Street organization has formed four committee teams that meet regularly to address these four broad areas and implement annual work plans; for more information on the activities of each team, simply click the heading.

Check out our current aggressive workplan here: Gardiner Main Street Workplan

Streetscape Team
Contact Robert Abbey, Chair at rirob2007@gmail.com for more information

Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and developing long-term planning.

Organization Team
Contact Nate Cotnoir, Chair at ncotnoir@camdennationalbank.com for more information

Building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the downtown revitalization process.

Promotions Team
Contact Deb Files, Chair at gardinersoul@gmail.com for more information

Marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors.

Business Development Team
Contact Jessica Clark, Chair at curvesgardiner@gmail.com for more information

Strengthening the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities — and challenges from outlying development.

Get Involved!

We need your help to sustain the Gardiner Main Street initiatives… and invite you to join a committee, volunteer for events, or make a donation! For volunteer opportunities, email info@gardinermainstreet.org, or call 207.582.3100.

Open Invitation

Feel free to come to a committee meeting or board meeting to see what we’re all about!

Meet the Board

2015 Officers

Amy Rees
President

Clare Marron
Vice President

Nate Cotnoir
Secretary, Organization Team Chair

Nire Cook
Treasurer

Lisa Liberatore
Immediate Past-President

Jessica Clark
Business Development Team  Chair

Robert Abbey
Streetscape Team Chair

Richard Heath – Ex – officio, non-voting member
City Council Liaison (District 3 City Councilor)

Julie Armstrong
The Bank of Maine

Richard Acker
Main E Market

Thom Harnett
City of Gardiner Mayor – Non-voting member

Staff

Patrick Wright
Executive Director, Gardiner Main Street

Melissa Lindley
Program Coordinator, Gardiner Main Street