Join In!

Why isn’t your business or band on the tour?

It should be.

For nearly 160 years, Bates College has been a proud and essential participant in the economy of Lewiston and Auburn. In the 2009 fiscal year, Bates spent $14.2 million locally for goods and services. And every year, Bates attracts as many as 100,000 visitors whose local spending totals up to $4 million.

But this robust college-community relationship will be even stronger. Nearly 2,000 Bates students call Lewiston home — and College Night in Town will strengthen the connections, both economic and social, between students and local businesses.

From the Great Falls Balloon Festival (attendance: 100,000) to the 2011 Art Walk, Lewiston-Auburn has a great track record with community festivals. Perhaps closest in concept to the proposed Bates Night in Town, the Art Walk and its 500 attendees suggest how downtown can be energized. And Bates Night in Town promises to surpass such success. A dedicated team of Bates students is organizing the project with local leaders.

To join College Night in Town, contact:

Meg Murphy ’13


Chip Morrison, President
Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce