Francis accepts senior program director job
Augusta — The Maine Development Foundation announces that Lorain K. Francis has accepted the position of senior program director for the Maine Downtown Center, located at 295 Water St. in Augusta.
Francis served for five years as founding executive director/Main street manager at Rockland Main Street, Inc., which is a program of the Maine Development Foundation.
A former small business owner, community collaborator and corporate sales representative, Francis' unique experience provides the precise combination of leadership skills and passion for the position needed to further the mission of the Maine Downtown Center, according to a news release from Maine Development Foundation.
A native of Fairport, N.Y., Francis was a successful small business owner and served for many years to spearhead the Fairport Village Partnership and as president of the Fairport Merchant´s Association.
She is a graduate of both the MidCoast Leadership Academy and Upsilon class of Leadership Maine. She also brings Chamber of Commerce experience to the position.
"I look forward to continuing the legacy of strengthening communities through the many partnerships and local Main Street programs associated with the Maine Downtown Center," Francis said in the news release.