Downtown Cambridge is a nonprofit organization working to advance the revitalization of our beautiful downtown. We are a nationally accredited Main Street program designated by the National Main Street Center and the State of Maryland as a designated “Main Street” district. We work as a economic and community development organization to bring investment, businesses, customers, and fun to the core of our community–and to do so in ways that stays true to our town’s rich history. We do this through community engagement, partnerships, leverage of local and regional project funding.

We are a completely self-funded program and rely on business and community support to keep the engine running!

Our mission is one embraced and supported across our whole community. Sound like fun? Get Involved!

Our Vision

Our Vision is to have a vibrant downtown that connects community, visitors and businesses.

Our Mission

Cambridge Main Street is a community driven non-profit organization. Together we foster economic vitality, preserve, and promote our historic downtown while enhancing a dynamic and inclusive city center.

The Main Street District

What area makes up the district recognized as Downtown Cambridge?  This map offers general guidelines, but to be certain whether your business falls inside our designated Main Street district, please reach out to for more information and to take advantage of the wealth of resources we have to offer our local business owners.


The approach we take follows the “Main Street” model of economic development developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Now in place in more than 1,000 communities around the country, it’s geared especially toward historic downtown districts that hit upon hard times when shopping malls, big box stores, and chain restaurants came to dominate the dining and retail sectors.

We operate in four key areas:

The Business Development Team works to bolster business activity downtown by strengthening existing businesses and attracting new businesses.

The Market & Promotions Development Team works to build downtown’s customer base via marketing efforts, promotional campaigns, special events and other strategies. Key Events such as Taste of Cambridge and Second Saturdays.

The Streetscape Development Team works to make downtown Cambridge a more beautiful, inviting, and environmentally sustainable place to spend time.

The Organizational Development Team works to bring in the financial resources and volunteer expertise that Cambridge Main Street needs to help our community achieve its goal of a fully revitalized downtown district.

All four teams are led and staffed by community volunteers.  Here’s where you can find out more about volunteer opportunities at Downtown Cambridge.

The Main Street model is working in Cambridge. The shops and restaurants in our downtown have garnered numerous awards and won increasing media attention in recent years as this revitalization gains momentum. It’s happening in large part because of the generosity of our donors and the work of our volunteers.


Board Members

Wendy Windsor Ashburn

Karah Bunde

Lori Dever-Uncapher

Chad Edmondson, Treasurer

John Eller

Patti Godlee

Lou Hyman

Ericca Stanley-Jones

Abby Messick, President

Tykeia Palmore

Casey Scott

Andrea Sommer, Vice President

Brett Summers



Margaret Knudsen, Executive Director