The Economic and Community Development Department manages the federally funded programs for the City. The City of Lewiston is considered an Entitlement City through the Department of Housing and Urban Development and as such, has received an annual allotment of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding since 1974 when the program began. Additionally, the City has been a member of the Auburn-Lewiston HOME Consortium since 2002. The City has utilized these major funding sources to generate revitalization efforts in targeted residential neighborhoods and commercial corridors in the downtown.
August 27, 2012 Governor LePage
recognized Lewiston and Auburn as being business friendly.