Waterville Main Street will advance efforts to develop the Downtown area into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination.
A Main Street Maine Community
Waterville was designated as a Main Street Maine community in 2001 by the Maine Downtown Center and is accredited annually by the National Main Street Center, which is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Main Street Four Point Approach is a comprehensive and incremental approach to downtown revitalization and is being implemented in over 2,000 towns and cities throughout the country. Visit Maine Downtown Center for more information on the Main Street Maine program.
Waterville Main Street Board of Directors
Monthly Meeting Time: 4th Monday of the month, 5:15pm (at Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce)
- President: Charlie Giguere, President at Silver Street Tavern
- Vice President: Buffy Higgins, Director of Revenue Cycle Performance Improvement at MaineGeneral
- Treasurer: Nate Timmins, Staff Accountant at Nicholson, Michaud & Company
- Secretary: Suzanne Culver, (Chair, Design Committee), Downtown Waterville Resident
- Mikaela Ziobro, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Thomas College
- Paul E. Ureneck, Director of Commercial Real Estate at Colby College
- Amanda Cooley, (Chair, Organization Committee), Assistant Director at Goldfarb Center & Oak Institute, Colby College
- Lori Gervais, (Chair, Promotion Committee), Gary C. Ferguson DMD MS
- Nathaniel White, Ward 2 City Councilor at City of Waterville
- Rick Bryant, Lead Consultant at CGI
- Eric Poirier, President, Poirier Capital Investment Group
- Michelle Crocker, Vice President and Branch Manager at KeyBank
- Jackie Dalton, Co-Executive Director and Chief of Operations at REM
- Patricia Michaud, Customer Service Specialist at Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce
- Ellen Richmond, Owner at Children’s Book Cellar
Waterville Main Street Staff
- Interim Executive Director: Tracy O’Clair, President and CEO, TOCmedia
- Office Manager: Kyrie Tompkins, Web Designer & Developer, TOCmedia
Economic Vitality Committee
The job of the Economic Vitality Committee is to identify new market opportunities for the traditional commercial district, find new uses for historic commercial buildings, and stimulate investment in property. The committee’s main tasks include:
- Learning about the district’s current economic condition and identifying opportunities for market growth;
- Strengthening existing businesses and recruiting new ones;
- Finding new economic uses for traditional Main Street businesses;
- Developing financial incentives and capital for building rehabilitations and business development; and
- Monitoring the economic performance of the district.
The job of the Promotion Committee is to PROMOTE downtown as the center of commerce, culture, and community life for residents and visitors alike. The committee’s main tasks include:
- Understanding the changing market – both potential shoppers and “competition”;
- Identifying downtown assets – including people, buildings, heritage, and institutions;
- Defining Main Street’s market niche – its unique “position” in the marketplace; and finally
- Creating new image campaigns, retail promotions, special events to bring people into our downtown.
Lori Gervais, Chair
The Design Committee plays a key role in shaping the physical image of Main Street as a place that is attractive to shoppers, investors, business owners, and visitors. The committee’s main tasks include:
- Educating others about good design – enhancing the image of each business as well as that of the district;
- Providing good design advice – encouraging quality improvements to private properties and public spaces;
- Planning Main Street’s development – guiding future growth and shaping regulations; and
- Motivating others to make changes – creating incentives and targeting key projects.
Suzanne Culver, Chair
The Organization Committee plays a key role in keeping the Waterville Main Street board, committees, staff, and programs in good shape by attracting people and funding to the organization. The committee’s main tasks include:
- Raising Money – for projects and administration, from donations and sponorships;
- Managing staff and volunteers – by recruiting people, supervising them, and rewarding good work;
- Promoting the program – to downtown interests and the public;
- Managing finances – by developing good accounting procedures.
Amanda Cooley, Chair