About The Downtown Bangor Partnership

Overview

The Downtown Bangor Partnership (DBP) is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization that works with property owners, residents, business owners, community organizations, and government entities to advance our collective vision for the future of downtown Bangor.

Mission

Downtown Bangor Partnership promotes and markets activities that enhance the distinctive identity of Downtown Bangor which encourages retention and growth of commercial, residential, and cultural life within the Downtown district.

Our primary goal is to develop and maintain a healthy economy in Downtown Bangor, employing the following strategies to advance this goal: producing and partnering in activities that encourage growth of business, organizational, residential and cultural clusters in the district; reaching out to Downtown stakeholders; enhancing the Downtown environment; promoting a distinctive identity for Downtown Bangor; and considering the appropriateness of the boundaries of the district.

The majority of our organization’s funding is provided by a special assessment tax levied on property owners located in the Downtown District. The remainder of our funds comes from the generous sponsorships and partnerships with local businesses throughout Bangor.

A Board of Directors representing stakeholders in Downtown drive the vision and execution of the plan through the dispensation of the funds. Though the Board of Directors retains executive control of the activities, the majority of the work happens at the Committee level where anyone with a passion for Downtown can join in the fun and help Downtown grow.

Committee Work

Beautification Committee: Responsible for enhancing the look, feel and culture of Downtown Bangor. Major projects include: Annual Adopt-A-Garden project which invites over 100 individuals and organizations to plant and maintain gardens and flowerboxes throughout Downtown; Winter lights which decorates an ever expanding list of lampposts, trees and parks in Downtown; Summer Wheatpaste Mural Project which partners artists and property owners in creating summer-long murals Downtown.

Marketing Committee: Responsible for identifying and executing marketing campaigns that best serve the stakeholders Downtown. Major projects include: Designing and updating downtownbangor.com; Updating and designing the Downtown Bangor brochure; managing social media platforms and messaging; Promotion of “retail holidays” like Small Business Saturday.

Events Committee: Responsible for planning and facilitating events in Downtown. Major projects include: Creating and executing the Sidewalk Art Festival; Organizing and promoting Downtown Trick-or-Treat. Past projects include Downtown Countdown and Cool Sounds Concert Series.

Networking and Outreach: Responsible for creating and maintaining connections with various stakeholders Downtown and communicating important opportunities. Major projects include: Creating welcome baskets for new businesses; Hosting quarterly retailer and business meetings; Hosting annual Downtown social and Downtown Town Hall; Connecting to under represented stakeholders to find ways to serve them.

Interested in joining the Board or participating on a subcommittee?

Email Betsy Lundy, betsy.lundy@bangormaine.gov to learn more about openings.

Board openings for July 1, 2019: 1 resident, 4 at large, 1 merchant/entertainment.

Board members are vetted by an nominating committee and elected by the current board members.

 

Downtown Bangor Partnership (DBP) Board of Directors

July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

Office Name Business Seat Subcommittee
Council Rep* Ben Sprague The First Council Representative
Ex-Officio* Betsy Lundy City of Bangor City Staff All
President George Kinghorn University of Maine
Museum of Arts
At Large
Vice President Annette Dood Rock & Art Shop Merchant/
Entertainment
Chair/
Beautification Committee
Treasurer  Greg Edwards  Edward’s, Faust & Smith  At Large  Beautification Committee
Secretary  Elisabeth Young  Waterfront Concerts  At Large  Marketing Committee
Director Summer Allen Valentine Footwear Merchant/
Entertainment
Marketing Committee
Director Rachel Dobbs Paddy Murphy’s Small Property Owner Event Committee
Director Brian Hinrichs Bangor Symphony Merchant/
Entertainment
Marketing Committee
Director
Director Abby Morton Sage Path Financial Planning Service Businesses Networking & Outreach
Director At Large
Director AnneMarie Storey Rudman Winchell At Large Events Committee
Director Stephanie LaPlante WBRC Architects Large Property Owner Beautification Committee
Director Resident
Director At Large
Director At Large
Director At Large
Ex-Officio* Bangor Historical Society Bangor Historical Society
Ex-Officio* Brian Cotlar Bangor Chamber of Commerce Bangor Chamber of Commerce
Ex-Officio* Kerry Tripp Greater Bangor Convention
and Visitors Bureau
Greater Bangor Convention
and Visitors Bureau
Ex-Officio* Eastern Maine Developement
Corporation
Ex-Officio* Commision on Cultural
Developement
*Non voting member