Community-Wide Engagement & Revitalization: Berwick, ME
Berwick, Maine told us their story of their town's revival, and how they incorporated different strategies--including community-wide engagement in the wake of the closing of their leather tannery, and the vacant site it left behind.  
 

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    Community-Wide Engagement & Revitalization in Berwick, Maine

    September 30, 2014
    This past July we sent out a request for stories of rural communities fighting the decline of their main streets and town centers. Berwick, Maine told us their story of their town's revival, and how they incorporated different strategies, including community-wide engagement and visioning in the wake of the closing of their leather tannery, and the vacant site it left behind.
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