Nobody's done more for downtowns than Doug Sanford

  Kevin Mattson, president of Dirigo Capital Advisors, credits Doug Sanford for being a visionary when it comes to downtown revitalization in Maine.

Kevin Mattson, president of Dirigo Capital Advisors, credits Doug Sanford for being a visionary when it comes to downtown revitalization in Maine.

The other day we posted “8 principles of Biddeford-Saco’s downtown success.” Without hesitation, we can tell you that Doug Sanford, the owner of the Pepperell Mill Campus just across the river from The Offices at Saco Island, is the walking, talking, arm-waving personification of those 8 principles. His enthusiasm is legendary. Nobody lives and breathes these 8 principles like Doug.

In this video, the president of Dirigo Capital Advisors, talks about Doug and what he has done for “smart growth” and the future of Maine’s downtowns. Mr. Sanford has faced some large obstacles, but his persistence and imagination are simply unmatched. As the economy heats up and Biddeford-Saco takes its rightful place as one of the hottest business markets in the Northeast, his success defines what downtown redevelopment is all about.