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14th Annual Maine Downtown Conference, “Downtown is the Place”, to be Held in Waterville on Friday May 2nd.

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Augusta, April 30, 2014 – The Maine Downtown Center, a program of the Maine Development Foundation, will hold the 14th annual Maine Downtown Conference in Waterville on May 2nd.

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Waterville Opera House and Hathaway Center, Waterville

The conference’s principal themes are Quality of Place, Thrive in Place, and Age in Place. The event includes great speakers, interactive breakout sessions, networking opportunities, tours, fabulous food, award presentations, and much more. Keynote speaker Meredith Jones, President & CEO of the Maine Community Foundation, will be giving a presentation on community leadership.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for anyone who cares about downtowns in Maine, from local government to volunteers, building owners to business owners, healthy and green interests and everyone in between, to come celebrate all that’s so great about Maine’s downtowns, make connections, and learn valuable ideas and skills they can bring back to their community,” said Lorain K. Francis, Sr. Program Director for the Maine Downtown Center.

The Maine Development Foundation’s Downtown Center serves as the state coordinator for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program. Established in 1999, the Center is proud to work with 10 Main Street Maine and 19 Maine Downtown Network communities to advance preservation-based economic development in Maine downtowns.

The Maine Development Foundation is a private, non-partisan membership organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for the State of Maine. MDF was created by the Legislature and Governor in 1978 with a broad mandate to promote Maine’s economy.