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:
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.