At the December 3, 2014 Rockland Rotary Club meeting, Friends of Midcoast Maine Executive Director Jane Lafleur described the work of her organization and the newest program “The Community Institute”.  Lafleur presented inspiring and educational information about community planning, place-making and healthy communities and included examples of their work in Rockland, Gardiner, Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor, Camden and Belfast.

 

She talked about the importance of creating places for people, right-sizing streets, and unlocking the potential of commercial and mixed use properties to better address the needs of the communities and provide more options to the owners.

Lafleur described the newest program of Friends of Midcoast Maine called the Community Institute (TCI). The Institute provides 1 ½ day long training to community members on 3 topics per year.  In 2014-2015 the topics include Streets, Places and People-held in October in Camden, Multi-Generational Communities to be held in Damariscotta in February, 2015 and Downtowns and Locally Owned Businesses in Belfast in April, 2015. Each session includes technical expertise, leadership training and a hands-on component and is open to all.  There is a charge to attend.

Friends of Midcoast Maine also described the recent work of her organization with the City of Rockland and the Town of Rockport to create a new vision for the Route One corridor neighborhood, north of Maverick Street. She described the public process and presented some of the concepts the community developed with designers. Rockland is working to further that community vision.

Friends of Midcoast Maine is a planning, civic engagement and smart growth organization serving communities from Brunswick to Bucksport. For more information about this organization or The Community Institute, visit www.friendsmidcoast.org or www.communityinstitute.org.