AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Downtown Center, Maine Preservation and GrowSmart Maine organizations will hold a two-day conference next month on the benefits of downtown revitalization and the preservation of historic buildings.

The 2010 Revitalizing Maine Communities Conference will be held June 3 and 4 at various venues in downtown Augusta.

The first day of the conference will focus on the more than $100 million in privately funded projects started over the past year and a half using federal and state rehabilitation tax credits. The second day will focus on strategies for the revitalization of downtowns across Maine, with topics ranging from facade design to retail business development.

“There has been a resurgence of activity in historic downtowns with new businesses, cultural events, arts and theater and institutional investments,” said Roxanne Eflin, Maine Downtown Center director, in a statement.

The conference’s guest speakers include Donovan Rypkema, who operates a Washington, D.C.-based international real estate and economic development consulting firm; and Tripp Muldrow, “one of the nation’s leaders specializing in branding for communities seeking to create economic vitality,” according to a statement from the event organizers.

The event has several sponsors including Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Turnpike Authority.

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