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Mission 

Creating a Plan for the Future

Gardiner Main Street’s mission is to build a more vibrant and sustainable community by encouraging the contribution of time, energy, and ideas by volunteers and local leaders; to foster a supportive environment for entrepreneurs to prosper; and to promote the value of incremental development and preservation of historic downtown assets.

 

One of the first Main Street programs in the State of Maine,

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 while protecting the city’s unique historic character:

  • design
  • organization,
  • promotion and
  • economic revitalization

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.


  Streetscape Team  Contact co- chairs  Robert Abbey  or   Dawn Thistle  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.

Streetscape Team
Contact co- chairs Robert Abbey or  Dawn Thistle 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.

   Promotions Team   Contact Chair  Clare Marron  for more information  Marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors.

Promotions Team
Contact Chair Clare Marron for more information

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

   Business Development Team   Contact Chair  John Callinan  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.

Business Development Team
Contact Chair John Callinan 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.