May 26, 2022

YORK COUNTY – Governor Janet Mills today visited the Heart of Biddeford to personally congratulate the organization on receiving Main Street America’s prestigious 2022 Great American Main Street Award and to thank them for their work. The governor also joined local officials, including local lawmakers, in touring York County businesses as she continues to travel across the state.

The Great American Main Street Award honors communities for excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Since being accredited as a Main Street America program in 2007, Heart of Biddeford has played a key role in welcoming $216 million in public and private reinvestments, net growth of 167 new businesses, and the revitalization of 99 buildings. Main Street America praised the city for its strong small business environment and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The governor was accompanied by President Ryan Fecteau (D-Biddeford) and Senator Susan Deschambault (D-York).

“Biddeford’s revival is a national achievement,” said Governor Mills. “Thanks to the Heart of Biddeford and its community partners, Biddeford is a beacon of economic opportunity, a premier destination for food and pleasure, and a great place to live and work. On behalf of the people of Maine, I had the honor to personally congratulate Heart of Biddeford today and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to speak with business owners in Wells, Kennebunk and Biddeford, who write all the next brilliant chapter. for York County.

Earlier today Governor Mills also visited Hussey Seating Company and Pratt & Whitney in North Berwick. She stopped for lunch at For The Love of Food & Drink Café in Wells and then the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce, which led the Governor on a tour of Main Street businesses in Kennebunk , including Paper Trails Human Resources and Payroll Services, Lucky’s Barber Shop, Andrews Milligan Real Estate Company, Mark’s Garage, Bakery and Kennebunk Savings Bank. The governor was joined by Sen. Mark Lawrence (D-York), Sen. Joe Rafferty (D-York) and Rep. Christopher Babbidge (D-Kennebunk) during different parts of the visit.

The governor’s visit to York County comes as she travels across the state. The governor visited Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Cumberland and Kennebec counties. She also plans to visit Somerset County.

Governor Mills in the heart of Biddeford

Governor Mills at For The Love of Food & Drink Cafe

Governor Mills with the staff of For The Love of Food & Drink Café

Governor Mills at the Bakery

Governor Mills at Hussey Seating

Governor Mills to Paper Trails