Forum to discuss future of downtown Farmington

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

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

Billed as “a community conversation,” 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 our 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 Hagerstrom, 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 to assess customer preferences for retail businesses in the downtown area, parking availability and other factors important to a successful business environment. Data from these assessments will be used to develop specific recommendations for a proactive agenda for the future.

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

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