Today, the Charter Commission is announcing their decision...
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Lewiston and Auburn Joint Charter Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2017
Contact: Gene Geiger
It’s Familiar. It’s Us. It’s Lewiston-Auburn
Auburn, ME, June 8, 2017 – The Maine law on municipal consolidations stipulates that the Lewiston Auburn Joint Charter Commission is responsible for choosing the name of the new city. Today, the Charter Commission is announcing their decision: Lewiston-Auburn, Maine.
During the past two months, the Lewiston Auburn Joint Charter Commission (aided on a pro-bono basis from a team from the Association for Consulting Expertise) engaged with voters in both cities to solicit ideas for the new name. The Commissioners participated in radio, TV, and newspaper interviews to encourage citizens to suggest names. In all, over 1,000 submissions were received.
The Joint Charter Commission established criteria for reviewing names and selecting Lewiston-Auburn. The chosen name should:
- Reflect the legacy of the two cities and honor the past
- Be visionary and future-focused
- Feel right
- Be easy to spell
In the end the decision came down to Great Falls and variations Lewiston-Auburn and Androscoggin.
Great Falls was appealing because it suggests a fresh start and reinforces the bold move the community is making. At the same time there are any number of “Falls” cities in New England and several “Great Falls” elsewhere in the US.
We do straddle the banks of the beloved Androscoggin, but it’s a lot of letters to place in correct order.
Today, we call ourselves Lewiston-Auburn, and that is how we are known by outsiders. As one non-LA resident said to us, “You’ve always been Lewiston-Auburn to us. The merger will just make it official.”
Putting the two city names together is a clear signal that the new city is one rooted in a strong, shared heritage. We will go forward as one, building on our strengths and past successes. In addition, the transition will be easy. Business names will still be comfortable. The mail will still be delivered. There will be no confusion with drivers’ licenses or other documents.
Gradually and as easily as a comfortable pair of slippers, the new name will be a natural fit.
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The Lewiston Auburn Joint Charter Commissioners were elected in June 2014 and operate under the auspices of MRSA Chapter 30A, Title 113. See www.newlacharter.ning.com for more information.