In January of 2003, the Gardiner Main Street ball officially started rolling with the formation of our Visioning Taskforce – 20 dedicated individuals who took on the job of envisioning what a revitalized downtown Gardiner might be.
At a day-long visioning session held at Maple Hill Farm, the process was facilitated by Craig Freshley, former Maine Downtown Center Coordinator, and resulted in 4 possible Vision Statements. Over the following 8 months, the vision was refined, and local artist Christine Sullivan of Sullivan Design was commissioned to transform it into an inspiring series of watercolor paintings — paid for by a grant from the Gardiner Board of Trade and the City of Gardiner.
And the rest, as they say, is history!
Many thanks to the Visioning Taskforce for all their work in putting us on the road to revitalization:
Bill Ebert (Chair)
“We had not thought of opening a second business in Gardiner until the Main Street program came along. Once we became involved in Gardiner Main Street we could see the possibilities a revitalized downtown would bring. However, the vision was the key that brought it all together. Now we are pleased we made the commitment. And by the response, we guess everyone else is pleased too.”
Michael Giberson & Neil Andersen, A1 Diner, part of downtown Gardiner since 1946