Survey results, future of downtown to be discussed

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FARMINGTON — The Farmington Downtown Association is hosting a second Community Conversation on the future of the downtown and invites everyone to get involved.

The forum, titled Our Customers Speak! Results of Downtown Surveys, takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, in the North Dining Hall of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Olsen Student Center.

The Farmington Downtown Association session will feature Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions, Brunswick, who has analyzed data collected from more than 200 surveys conducted on the streets and in the shops of Farmington.

Freshley will share the results of these surveys, listen to questions and lead a discussion on how these results can be used for future planning involving business owners, consumers and residents in an open conversation about the present and future of the downtown.

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“We all know how valuable our downtown is. This is an opportunity for everyone to play a role in shaping its future,” Janice Maxham, president of the Farmington Downtown Association, said. There is strong local commitment to our downtown. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend, listen, question and comment on the future of the town.

The association, an organization of business owners and concerned residents, contracted with Good Group Decisions of Brunswick to analyze surveys conducted from June 2010 to February 2011 to assess customer preferences for retail businesses in the downtown area, parking availability and other factors important to a successful business environment. This data can be used to develop specific recommendations for a proactive agenda for the future.

The survey project was made possible by contributions from local businesses.

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