The Hub of Bar Harbor is a citizen-led organization interested in the betterment of downtown Bar Harbor as an economic engine and as a center of community pride. Following Main Street’s Four-Point Approach [a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.mainstreet.org)], the Hub’s purpose is to foster downtown revitalization that is dynamic and community-based, and results in economic development, business growth, job creation, housing revitalization, historic preservation, and cultural enhancement. Working closely with the Town of Bar Harbor, the Hub’s strategies will attract charitable contributions and grant dollars in support of a vibrant, year-round Bar Harbor.
Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.
Bar Harbor is incredibly fortunate – its downtown has been the center of activity for residents and tourists for several decades. Downtown Bar Harbor is not a blighted area, instead, at this time in its history, Bar Harbor is economically viable, but in need of downtown organization, future planning, year round jobs, housing, and businesses.
Chris Vincenty, owner of Reel Pizza and president of the Hub of Bar Harbor board of directors shares that, “I’m excited about the forward momentum the Hub of Bar Harbor is building and the enthusiasm of board and committee members is inspiring.” The board members include residents, business owners, community leaders, and a representative of the Town. “Main Street communities demonstrate economic success across the U.S. and Bar Harbor’s economy will only strengthen with the additional resources the Hub can develop,” said Chris Fogg, Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce and member of the board.
Hub board members are:
Erica Brooks (Treasurer)
Broker, Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty
Susan Boyer (Chair, Design Committee)
Artist and Landscape Architect
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko (Chair, Organization Committee and Interim Chair, Promotions Committee)
CEO, Abbe Museum
Angie Chamberlain (Secretary)
Code Enforcement Officer and Interim Planning Director, Town of Bar Harbor
President, College of the Atlantic
Chris Fogg (Chair, Economic Restructuring Committee)
Executive Director, Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Manager, Village Emporium
Amy Roebuck (Vice President)
Owner, Graycote Inn
Owner, Thirsty Whale Tavern
Chris Vincenty (President)
Owner, Reel Pizza
The Hub’s board of directors is currently in the organization stage – committees are forming and start-up tasks are being enumerated. The standing committees are organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring.