Downtown Westbrook Committees

Main Street Fundamentals

  • The Main Street Approach is centered around Transformation Strategies. A Transformation Strategy articulates a focused, deliberate path to revitalizing or strengthening a downtown or commercial district’s economy.
  • A program’s work on Transformation Strategies should be organized around the Four Points: Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion, and Organization.
  • A revitalization program’s work – and its Transformation Strategies – need to be informed by a solid understanding of local and regional market data, and sustained and inclusive community engagement.

Organization Committee:

ORGANIZATION involves creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.
Chairperson: Dori Lam & Jere Shaw
Karen Dobkowski
Rhonda Forrester
Laurie Johnson
Michael Dobkowski
Sylvia Dion

Design Committee:

DESIGN supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart.

Chairperson: Karen Dobkowski
Michael Shaughnessy
John Brooking
Abby Johnston
Paul Drinan
Nancy Litrocapes
Matt Sulem
Cary Tyson

Economic Vitality Committee:

ECONOMIC VITALITY focuses on capital, incentives, and other economic and financial tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies.
Chairperson: Rhonda Forrester & Dylan Bousquet-Smith
Laurie Johnson
Jessica McConnell
Abby Johnston

Promotion Committee:

PROMOTION Committee positions the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics.
Chairperson: Jessica McConnell
Michael Dobkowski
Sarah Gelber
Abby Johnston

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