Date of Award


Document Type



Public Policy and Management

First Advisor

Dr Josephine M. LaPlante


community vitality, downtown revitalization, Muskie School of Public Service


The purpose of this research is to advance our ability to assess efforts by municipalities to revitalize their downtowns and improve the community amenities and opportunities that constitute livability, which is a main factor in establishing community vitality. In order to-do this we will build upon the work of two previous capstone teams looking at community vitality and revitalization by working with the case studies of the previous teams to determine key indicators, identify missing indicators, and assess the validity and reliability of indicators for future case study use. This work represents the third phase of a larger project initiated in 2010. The efforts focused on advancing the work of the two previous capstone projects by further refining the selection of vitality indicators and further systematizing the ranking of their grades.