Welcome to the Downtown Lewiston Association!
We are a 501(c)3 non profit registered in Lewiston Maine. Our mission is to position The Downtown Lewiston Commercial Area as the cultural and economic heart of the region. Our membership includes the business community, non-profit organizations, residents, and friends of downtown who share a collective vision for a vibrant and dynamic downtown in Lewiston. We achieve our vision through collaborative advocacy efforts, marketing our distinctive assets, fostering economic development, expanding cultural offerings, and promoting community-based events.
Where is the focus area of The Downtown Lewiston Association?
We have identified the area inside the following boundaries: Main Street to Adams Avenue, Bates Street to the Androscoggin River as the Downtown Lewiston Commercial Area. This is the primary focus of The Downtown Lewiston Association. (See the map.)
What are some goals of The Downtown Lewiston Association?
- Establish the area as a TIF district creating income to be reinvested into the Downtown.
- City grant/loan programs to encourage new and existing businesses to locate downtown.
- Zoning that is strategic to help revitalize empty storefronts to appropriate uses.
- Creation of Downtown Ambassadors
- Collaborate with other organizations to have Downtown events that attract people. Art Walk. Music in Dufresne. Historical Walking Tours. Plein Aire Painting. Bike Races. etc.
- Membership Downtown After Hours Socials
Marketing & Improvements
- Welcome packet for Bates College student orientation & for parents weekends
- Relocate Holiday Tree and lighting event to Dufresne Plaza
- Enhance Holiday street décor (current projects)
- Create Downtown Lewiston rack card for tourism information centers
- Streetlight Banners (current projects)
- Banners across Lisbon Street
- Welcome signage at southern entrance ✔
- Create a “Come Downtown” marketing video for social media and web ✔
- Visible, easy to read way finding signage to the downtown and to parking garages
- Streetscape and storefront beautification program
Download our 2018 welcome packet for more information! WELCOME-Downtown-Lewiston-Association.pdf
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About this Website
This site was part of our very first initiative, launched 6/12/18. We wanted to create a resource that could be used by visitors, residents, employees, entrepreneurs and developers interested in Downtown Lewiston’s Commercial Area. It will be a site that is constantly being tweaked and updated so if you feel there is something we are missing feel free to use the form on our Contact Us page and let us know.