OUR TOWN BELFAST is a community-driven and nationally-accredited Main Street organization whose mission is to grow and sustain our historic downtown while celebrating our unique cultural heritage.
We believe in supporting local businesses, honoring our heritage through historic preservation, and in bringing together the community in order to make downtown Belfast a better place to live, work, and play.
Our Town Belfast envisions a vibrant future in which our waterfront, commercial district, treasured historic buildings, and outdoor public spaces are alive with activity.
Settled in 1765, Belfast’s past and present speak of its creativity, innovation, tradition, community, and independence. Today, Belfast is that rare combination of quiet small town with an active social and cultural life that is attractive to residents and visitors alike. It is the economic hub and county seat of Waldo County with a dynamic working waterfront, picturesque sea captains’ mansions, the country’s oldest shoe store, and more art galleries than any city of its size in the state.
An engaged community of caring people, Belfast has volunteers actively working to make this place we love even better for all.
From our local Main Street organization to our Chamber of Commerce, Creative Coalition, and citizen committees at City Hall – local folks are working hard for economic health and human happiness in a way that is in keeping with our authentic culture and heritage.
In March of 2010, Our Town Belfast became a Maine Downtown Network Community and continued the efforts, becoming a nationally designated Maine Street Maine community in June of 2011. As a member of the National Main Street Center and National Trust for Historic Preservation, we follow a four-point approach to downtown revitalization that has been proven time and again over the course of forty years in 2200+ communities throughout the country.
Chair: Allison Harrell
Develops guidelines that maintain and enhance the architectural heritage of the area while encouraging smart use.
Hosts educational platforms that teach citizens and business owners effective design techniques and provides assistance in planning and implementation.
Plans for the beautification and encouragement of the use of public spaces.
Chair: Christopher Klenk
Works with the downtown residents and businesses to improve the marketing strategies of the downtown district.
Plans and hosts a variety of special events.
Develops and publishes the annual calendar of events, the Downtown Map and the “Doing Business in Downtown Belfast” booklet.
Co-Chairs: Abigale Avey & Jon Ohlsen
Engages in a variety of research activities to assess the best practices for downtown Belfast’s successful future.
Maintains an inventory of property and actively seeks to improve those available for future uses.
Provides training and other supportive services to existing and potential businesses.
Chair: Tom Griffith
Maintains public relations through the local media, the newsletter, the website and brochures.
Plans the Open House meetings.
manages volunteer development.
Develops the annual fund-raising plan.