Community members invited to ‘map the future’ of Farmington

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FARMINGTON — The Farmington Downtown Association will host a forum on the future of the downtown and is hoping to have everyone play a role.

The forum, “A Strong Downtown: Mapping the Future,” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the North Dining Hall of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Olsen Student Center.

The session will offer residents an opportunity to learn more about the challenges and strengths of downtown Farmington, share information about surveys that will be conducted over the next six months, and to engage business owners, property owners, community leaders and residents in an open conversation about the present and future of the downtown.

“We all know how valuable our downtown is to residents. This is the opportunity for everyone to play a role in shaping its future,” said Michael Mansir, president of the Farmington Downtown Association. “This is a strong expression of local commitment to the future of our downtown. As stakeholders, you are encouraged to attend to listen, question, and comment on the future of our great town.”

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Featured speakers will be Art Perry, Alison Hagestrom, Steve Kaiser, Jan Maxham and Bill Marceau.

The Farmington Downtown Association, an organization of business owners and concerned residents, has contracted with Good Group Decisions of Brunswick to conduct a series of surveys. Data from the assessments will be used to develop specific recommendations for a proactive agenda for the future.

Mansir said that the surveys being conducted were made possible by contributions from local businesses.

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