About Main Street Skowhegan
Main Street Skowhegan (MSS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on the ongoing revitalization of Skowhegan, Maine. Founded in 2005 by a group of citizens with the goal of reinvigorating downtown Skowhegan, MSS is now driven by three staff members and dozens of volunteers working to make their town a better place.
In 2015 we expanded our purview to include the entire town—not just the downtown—enabling us to serve all Skowhegan businesses and implement town-wide projects. Our mission is to grow a vibrant and inviting historic town by encouraging innovation and economic development. We spearhead collaborative efforts to support businesses and diversify the economy, stimulate tourism, and tell Skowhegan’s story.
The Main Street Movement
In the 1980s, the National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation developed one of the most successful models for place-based economic development. It has since become a nationwide network.
The Four-Point Approach®
As a nationally designated Main Street community, Skowhegan is using the Main Street Four-Point Approach® in maintaining and improving our town: Design (heritage and aesthetics), Promotion (building the buzz), Business Enhancement (strong businesses), and Organization (all hands on deck).
Eight Guiding Principles
Our work in the four areas listed above is guided by these time-tested eight principles: comprehensive, incremental, self-help, partnerships, identifying and capitalizing on existing assets, quality, change, and implementation.
Who Is Main Street Skowhegan?
Since 2005, hundreds of individuals, more than a dozen service organizations, and nearly 100 businesses and nonprofits have donated more than 30,000 hours supporting efforts to revitalize Skowhegan. MSS is run by three employees, a volunteer board of directors, and numerous other volunteers working on various committees and projects.