The Waldoboro Economic Development Committee will hold the second community forum on the Downtown Master Plan on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Waldoboro.

This second community forum will focus on the benefits vibrant downtowns provide communities, how downtown revitalization can be accomplished, and work completed thus far on Waldoboro’s downtown master plan. Roxanne Eflin from the Maine Downtown Center will also share information on the economic benefits of downtowns and experiences of other downtown revitalization projects around the state.

Waldoboro’s downtown village area is an economically and culturally important area in the town; it acts as an incubator for new businesses, supports locally owned businesses, is the historic core of the community and provides social and recreational opportunities. The vitality of the downtown also plays an important role in business retention and attraction throughout the town.

Since last February, the Waldoboro Economic Development Committee has been working with a consultant team consisting of Denis Lachman, Regina Leonard and Rodney Lynch to develop a master plan for the downtown village that will provide practical strategies to improve the commercial hub and cultural heart of downtown Waldoboro. As part of the master planning process, the Aug. 4 forum represents the second of two community input sessions.

Waldoboro residents are encouraged to attend this event; light refreshments will be served. For more information on the Downtown Village Master Plan and community forums, contact Waldoboro Planning and Development Director Misty Gorski at 832-5369 or planning@waldoboromaine.org.