A vision for downtown
On Dec. 9, 2015, President David A. Greene announced a partnership with Collaborative Consulting, now CGI, in which the leading information technology company unveiled its plans to bring 200 high-tech jobs into downtown Waterville.
173 Main Street will be the new home for CGI and Colby when it opens for business in 2017. Adjacent buildings to 173 Main Street are also being renovated by private developers, which is driving renewed activity in the heart of Waterville’s Main Street.
Jobs growth and training
A global leader in IT services, CGI started its Waterville operations with 30 employees temporarily housed in the nearby Hathaway Creative Center. In addition to new jobs for downtown, the Colby-CGI partnership includes internships for students and training and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
Historic and high-tech
For its new office, Colby is designing 173 Main Street to suit the needs of a high-tech workforce, while also leveraging the architectural beauty of the historic building to contribute to the overall activity and character of downtown.
Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons
A 100,000-square-foot, five-story mixed-use development, the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons now houses 200 students and faculty on the upper floors and retail and a public meeting space, the Chace Community Forum, on the first floor.
Gateway to Downtown
Reimagining downtown Waterville creates an opportunity to integrate the arts into downtown, such as through outdoor public art installations. Novel programming could also bring exciting events to animate and activate the front door to downtown.
New Life to the City Center
Though significant changes in industry left their impact on downtown, it still has many buildings of great historic and aesthetic value. Colby, Waterville and its partners are now leveraging these valuable assets to transform the city center.