History, Community and Culture in the Hills

About Norway Downtown

Norway Downtown's diverse Board of Directors meets every month to work on improving Main Street.Norway Downtown is a non-profit organization working with local people to build on the assets of a unique and treasured Main Street. It's mission is to lead the effort to revitalize Norway's historic Main Street in collaboration with residents, businesses and organizations.

In 2002, Norway was designated an official Main Street Maine community by the Maine Downtown Center and the National Main Street Center. Currently Norway Downtown is a Maine Network Community. This program, administered by the Maine Development Foundation, was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in response to increasing threats to the health and survival of downtowns. Over the last 20 years, the program has grown to include over 1,700 communities nationwide. This affiliation with the program provides significant resources and training for Norway Downtown. In 2009 Norway Downtown became part of the Maine Downtown Network, supported totally by volunteer commitment working with consultants and professional services.

As a partnership-based group, our strength is rooted in the relationships we form with state and local government and public and private investors. We initiate and support projects to improve Main Street, addressing changes with a comprehensive approach aimed at:

  • Introducing people to the Main Street Maine and Maine Downtown Network program
  • Getting Main Street into the best physical shape possible
  • Celebrating and protecting historic features
  • Introducing new ideas about downtown development
  • Bringing people to Main Street
  • Creating an atmosphere conducive to business

Norway Downtown has been recognized for outstanding achievements several times from the Maine Development Foundation.Norway Downtown plays a significant role in building on Main Street’s current assets and its cultural strengths. The group works towards improving the health of the downtown community through four committees, each directed by one of the key areas of work emphasized in the Main Street Program. These committees work cooperatively with the State of Maine, the town of Norway, businesses and residents to address the interrelated issues affecting downtown communities. The committees correspond to the four vital forces of community value: social, physical, political and economic.

Organization (Social)

  • Recruits and manages volunteers
  • Promotes the Main Street Program
  • Manages finances and fundraising
  • Partners with organizations to benefit the downtown community

Design (Physical)

  • Identifies, promotes and enhances physical assets
  • Promotes and provides education about design and historic preservation
  • Works to improve the physical appearance of Main Street

Promotion (Political)

  • Sells the image and promise of Main Street to residents and visitors
  • Works with the Town of Norway and merchants to collectively promote downtown Norway

Economic Restructuring (Economic)

  • Identifies current economic strengths and opportunities
  • Encourages appropriate new businesses and helps strengthen existing businesses
  • Stimulates investment in downtown properties

The nature of this comprehensive program allows the organization to initiate ideas, to partner with like-minded organizations, to explore ideas and initiate projects that benefit Norway’s Main Street.

Community Benefits

  • Annual events, including seasonal festivals
  • Constant upgrades to the appearance of the downtown district
  • Promotional materials, including a map and guide, website and newsletters to broadcast the community’s many merits and opportunities
  • Successful advocacy leading to grants, loans, and designations
  • Support for existing businesses, institutions and organizations
  • Encouragement of investment in new trends for economic survival

As Norway Downtown works to support Main Street we invite you to join us. Please contact us with any questions you have about how to become involved.

Norway Downtown's Board of Directors consists of business owners, local officials, and downtown stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

Current Board Members