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:
Design: 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 Tuesday of the month at 2:30pm 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 Monday of the month at 3:00pm the 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 1st Wednesday of the month at 8:00am via Zoom (email us for the link!)
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 at 4:00pm at the Main Street Bath Office
Main Street Bath Board 2023
Councilor at Large
Assistant to the Director
To reach any of our board members, please reach out to Main Street Offices first. (207) 442-7291.
Amanda McDaniel, Director, email@example.com
Camille Kauffunger, Assistant to the Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Bramer, Book Keeper, email@example.com