We urge you to read Yellow Light Breen’s recent essay on the future of Maine and the way we can prosper, as a state. Notably, he discusses the impact of Main Street programs in Maine:
“MDF’s Maine Downtown Center is part of the national Main Street program. We work with dozens of communities. Return on investment is 23 to 1. Communities fully involved in this program spent about $11 million over 13 years, about $100,000 per community per year. They’ve attracted almost $250 million in capital investment. More than 900 buildings have been rehabbed and 285,000 volunteer hours donated. The magic comes from the grass roots. The national model requires three things: commitment from the municipalities,businesses, and residents.”
We’re very fortunate to have a commitment from all three here in Bucksport. You can read the entire essay here.