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“The health of our downtown is a reflection of the health of our community”

Watch this short video to learn more about the Main Street program.

What is Main Street Bath?

Main Street Bath“Main Street” is a program originated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that focuses on revitalization of traditional downtowns to enhance the appearance and economic stability of the commercial district, and to improve community pride and quality of life for residents and visitors. The program has been adopted in 44 states and more than 1,650 communities across the country. The Maine Downtown Center (MDC) is affiliated with the National Main Street Center. It assists Maine communities in developing their own self-help revitalization programs. Through the efforts of a group of local volunteers, Bath was selected in 2001 as one of four initial Main Street Maine communities, qualifying it for a 3 year package of training & technical assistance on revitalization provided by the MDC, and paid for by a legislative appropriation plus contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. Designated communities pay for their own operating expenses and community projects through funds raised locally. Main Street Bath, Inc. (MSB) is a non-profit corporation, guided by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives of the downtown business community, the City government and community leaders.

Its work is carried out through four standing committees made up of community volunteers, who are assisted by a paid Program Director. Funding for MSB comes from 3 year pledges of cash and in-kind donations by businesses, individuals and support from the City Council. Specific projects have been paid for by special solicitations and by fund-raisers. Main Street Bath is tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3). Contributions are tax-deductible.

What is the Main Street approach to Downtown Revitalization?

The Main Street program’s success is based on a comprehensive strategy of work, tailored to local needs and opportunities in four broad areas, called the Main Street four-point Approach:

  • Bath-Map-CoverDesign: Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, beautification efforts, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long term planning.
    • Design Committee
      Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month
      4:00 PM at Main Street Bath Office
  • Organization: Building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals in Bath who have a role in the revitalization process.
    • Organization Committee
      Meets 1st Tuesday of the month
      4:00 PM at Main Street Bath Office
  • Promotion: Marketing the traditional commercial district’s unique characteristics to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local Bath citizens and visitors.
    • Promotions Committee
      Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month
      8:15 AM at Burgess Technology Services, 6 Oak Grove
  • Economic Vitality: Strengthening the Bath district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development.
    • Economic Vitality Committee
      Meets 3rd Thursday of the month
      4:00 PM at Main Street Bath Office

Main Street Bath Board 2019

Gretchen Jaeger~President
Sally Johnstone~Vice President
Lauri Rainey~Treasurer
Irene Drago~Secretary

Sally Johnstone~Economic Vitality Chair
Tamara Lilly~Promotions Chair
Marc Meyers ~ Design Chair

Will Neilson

Peter Owen
Aaron Park

Samantha Ricker
Caelie Smith
Chuck Spleidt

Vicki Sprague~Organization Chair

Becky Welsh

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Related Main Street Links

Bath Regional Information Center PDF

Contact Information:

  • Main Street Bath
  • 15 Commercial Street
  • Bath, ME 04530
  • Tel: 207-442-7291
  • Email:

Upcoming Events

Apr 03

Iconic Wines of Italy Wine Tasting

Friday April 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Apr 04

Bath Farmers Market

Saturday April 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Apr 04

Mud Boots & Black Tie Gala (Special Event)

Saturday April 4, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Apr 08

Taize Prayer Service

Wednesday April 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Apr 09

Monthly Wine Tasting

Thursday April 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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