Josh Maxwell was sworn in as Downingtown’s youngest Mayor in 2010 at the age of 26. Since being re-elected with 68% of the vote, Maxwell has focused on urban redevelopment, enhancing public education opportunities and personalizing the role of Mayor during his first two terms. In 2011, Maxwell re-started the Downingtown Main Street Association which has worked on over $250 million of economic development projects in Downingtown. In 2012, Maxwell joined the Board of the Education Foundation, which has successfully supported innovation projects in the Downingtown School District.
Downingtown has been recognized as a leader in urban redevelopment and as a community on the rise. Downingtown was named a “Top Ten Place to Live” by Philadelphia Magazine, while Maxwell was named “Best Young Politician in Philadelphia” by the same publication.