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Harold Alfond Foundation Chairman Greg Powell and Colby College President David A. Greene will make a special announcement Oct. 18 at a community event in downtown Waterville. Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell and Waterville Creates! President and CEO Shannon Haines will also offer remarks.

Harvest on the Square will bring the community together in a celebration of arts and community partnerships at Castonguay Square, in the heart of the city’s rapidly revitalizing commercial core. The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., is open to all.

“In the decade-plus that I’ve been involved in community development, there has never been a more exciting time in Waterville,” said Waterville Creates! CEO Shannon Haines, who will open the event. “Our unique arts and cultural assets, along with the new investment in downtown, will position us to be a thriving, vibrant destination.”

In 2015 Colby worked with community partners and Waterville residents on a planning process that resulted in a city council resolution on downtown revitalization. Since then, multiple properties have been purchased for redevelopment and new businesses have opened.

At last year’s Harvest on the Square celebration, former senator Mitchell spoke of his optimism for the city given the renewed commitment to positive change. Since then, work has begun on Main Street and residents are beginning to see a transformation. In late 2015 Colby announced that Collaborative Consulting, a Massachusetts-based software development company, would open an office in Waterville, creating up to 200 jobs for area residents. The company is partnering with Thomas College to train prospective employees.

Harvest on the Square, sponsored by Waterville Creates!, Waterville Main Street, Colby College, and others, will feature refreshments and entertainment, including music by Lindsay Mower; tours of the new Common Street Arts gallery, demonstrations, and an open art workshop; an opening of work by artist David Twiss; and a special performance by members of the cast of Waterville Opera House’s Young Frankenstein.

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