Invest Locally

For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the city's tax base. For every $100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only $14 remains in the community.

Beautification Program

Making Downtown beautiful year-round!


In addition to marketing and events that bring people and business to Downtown, we run a comprehensive Beautification Program which promotes and encourages activities that improve the appearance of downtown.  

We believe that community partnerships are essential for the growth of downtown and Bangor as a whole.  Downtown Bangor is a unique asset for the community as a business center, residential and arts and cultural hub.  Several thousand people work or visit the downtown district each day and there are 500 (and growing) residential units downtown. Our beautification program serves to enhance the aesthetic and business environment of downtown Bangor. 

The Beautification Program is a significant undertaking and we are extremely grateful to our sponsors.

Bangor Savings Bank has made a four year commitment to support the key components of the Downtown Beautification program (through 2014).

Bangor Savings Bank Website


Major elements of the downtown Bangor Beautification Program include:

Blooms on the Stream‐ Flower box program along the Kenduskeag Stream Canal; Sixty four flower boxes are planted with geraniums along the stream each season. The purpose of this program is to capitalize on one of downtown’s most unique assets, the Kenduskeag Stream Canal, which runs through the heart of downtown. The flower box program brings the feel of a European city to downtown and ads the value to downtown for property owners, businesses, employees and visitors. Walking paths line the canal on both sides so the boxes can be easily viewed and enjoyed by the community.

Street Side Planters‐ Flower planter program along the streets of downtown; 32 large planters with a variety of flowering plants are placed at major intersections and thoroughfares within the district. The planters ad to the atmosphere and value of downtown for property owners, businesses, employees and visitors.

Avenue Banners Program‐ Colorful banners are displayed along Main, Broad and Washington Streets throughout the year. The banner program is being expanded to highlight the arts and cultural amenities of the downtown district that contribute to our unique identity. 


Katahdin Trust Company
is the Main Sponsor for the Downtown Bangor Winter Tree Lighting. Their generosity enables the Beautification Committee to light up downtown this winter season! In addition to Norumbega Parkway, in 2014 the winter wonderland will expand to include several trees along Main Street.