New website aims to draw visitors to Maine downtowns

The Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center has launched an interactive web portal aimed at attracting visitors through one-stop shopping and compelling content. Main Street Maine features local makers, innovative events and natural assets in Maine’s downtowns on one connected, user-friendly website.

“People come to Maine to discover one-of-a-kind places, and Main Streets have them in a big way,” said Anne Ball, program director for MDF’s Maine Downtown Center. “We’ve learned from the Maine Office of Tourism that today’s visitors seek cultural, food and unique experiences. They want to know about world-renowned museums in Rockland and Brunswick, the newest restaurants in Belfast and Augusta, great boutiques in Biddeford and Bath, cool breweries in Westbrook and Saco, and the best festivals in Skowhegan and Gardiner. This website provides one-stop shopping.”

The website is a collaboration among the state’s 10 Main Street Maine programs and the Maine Downtown Center, with guidance and matching funds from the Maine Office of Tourism. Maine’s Main Street programs are accredited by Main Street America, the leading national voice for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.

For visitors who check off their “must-see-and-do” list, the Main Street Maine website gives viewers a glimpse of what’s available in each downtown.

For more details, go to, call 284-8520 or email [email protected]


Bank will award $20,000, seeks nonprofit nominees

Camden National Bank will award a total of $20,000 to four Maine-based nonprofits through its 2018 Leaders & Luminaries Awards. The program recognizes the importance and impact of nonprofit board members who dedicate themselves to making their nonprofit organizations stronger through strategic leadership.

The bank is seeking nominations for 501(c)(3) nonprofit board leaders who demonstrate passion, innovation and resourcefulness in their board governance to create organizational growth, a successful transition or financial stability. An independent selection committee, including the executive director of Maine Association of Nonprofits, two executives of Camden National Bank and two other Maine leaders who are active in Maine’s nonprofit community, will review all nominations. The four winners and their organizations will be recognized at the Maine Association of Nonprofits’ Executive Leadership Forum on Oct. 31.

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