Northern Maine Development CommissionNMDC Office in Caribou.

Welcome to Northern and Eastern Maine!

The Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is a membership organization comprised of participating communities and counties in the Aroostook Washington Economic Development District.

NMDC provides federal and state services at the regional and local levels. NMDC also provides management and support for Aroostook County Tourism (ACT), Aroostook Municipal Association (AMA), and Aroostook Partnership.

Aroostook Washington
Economic Development District

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NMDC/Aroostook Partnership Electronic Newsletter Archive

Municipal Return on Investment

Reports & Studies more...

> Aroostook County High Crash Locations
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> NMDC Next Generation Strategic Plan
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> GroWashington-Aroostook
GROWashington-Aroostook is a regional planning process focused on job creation, modern infrastructure, and healthy, affordable communities in the counties of Aroostook and Washington, here in northeastern Maine.
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> Measures of Growth In Focus
We find ourselves in precarious and uncertain economic times. Our financial system is in turmoil and this has sent ripples through the world economy.
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2018 Update

>US Jobs Supported by Agricultural Exports Grew in 2014
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>Aroostook County Transportation Survey 2015
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>#4 Plastic Recycling Feasibility Study
This feasibility study focuses on a number of issues relating to recycling #4 plastics, including the potential amount of product available in the region and the review of solid waste disposal and recycling rates for the various solid waste associations.  The intent of the study is to provide transfer station and landfill managers with necessary information to make an informed decision whether or not to recycle #4 plastics at their facilities.
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> Aroostook County Visitor Guide
The Aroostook County visitor guide is filled with lodging, dining, events, outdoor recreation and more.
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Click Here for a more complete listing of reports & studies.

Click on Image Below to Explore the St. John Valley Cultural Byway

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NMDC Seeking Portfolio Manager
The Northern Maine Development Commission is currently accepting applications for a Portfolio Manager in the NMDC Business Finance Division (BFD). The Portfolio Manager will maintain current and accurate client loan file documentation and balances. The position is also responsible for processing loan payments and disbursements.
For more information, click here.

Aroostook County Tourism highlights winter activities in the region

    AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Now that winter is here, marketing efforts for Aroostook County Tourism (ACT) hope to heat up visitations in these cold months.
    ACT, a standing board of Northern Maine Development Commission, continues to promote snowmobiling in the region, however this winter other aspects of outdoor recreation are getting the spotlight. One campaign is a video highlighting ice fishing in the “The County”.
    “Ice fishing is a great way to add another wintertime outdoor activity,” said Alain Ouellette, NMDC Planning and Development Division Director. “It is cheaper than owning a boat and you can catch a lot of fish. It's also a great way to bond with your family and friends. With today’s ice shelters, you can get a portable heater, chairs and thermos of hot chocolate and spend the entire day in a warm, comfortable environment while catching fish. The days of sitting on a bucket on a frozen lake are behind us, but if one desires our County tradition still makes it possible for you to still do that.”
    The video has been posted to and ACT social media sites. Ouellette says thus far the video is getting an impressive response.
    “Visitors to The County desire to experience what makes the region unique,” he added. “While we continue to be ‘home’ for many returning friends and family, we are approaching tourism marketing using the very assets that make our region unique and special. Our research leads us to believe that the growing number of visitors coming to The County love to ‘go off the beaten path’ as they say; they love the outdoors, local art, history, and culture and like to do their own thing, either alone, or with friends and family. They are authentic and look for genuine authenticity. If that is so, what better place is there than The County?”
    Other ACT campaigns this winter will focus on the perfect skiing weekend in Aroostook and eateries off the snowmobile trails.
    Nearly 1.4 million visitors made either a day trip or overnight stay in Aroostook County in 2017. That is an economic impact of $155 million, supporting 2,572 full and part-time jobs.
    ACT is dedicated to improving the economy of northern Maine through its tourism efforts. Working under the brand Aroostook “The Crown of Maine”, ACT promotes some of the region’s greatest assets like its pristine beauty, diverse culture, storied history and wonderful hospitality to visitors from around the world.

NMDC Begins Project to Develop Federally Designated Bicycle Route from Bangor to Fort Kent
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC), in conjunction with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), is working towards establishing a permanent federally designated bicycle route in northern Penobscot and Aroostook Counties.  The bike route designation would complement and connect to the existing US Route One Bike Route located in southern and Downeast Maine.
The proposed route would be located on existing state and local roads and/or existing bike and pedestrian trails in the region. It should be noted that there is no cost to the community for designation nor are there any additional maintenance requirements for the route.  All we ask is that, once designated, that communities and interested parties to help “keep an eye out” for missing or damaged signs.  As currently envisioned the US Bike Route will connect to the existing US Bicycle Route in Bangor and terminate at the international bridge in Fort Kent. The proposed route is approximately 320 miles.
The Northern Maine US Bike Route will be part of the United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS), which is the national cycling route network of the United States.  It will be part of the interstate long-distance cycling routes and will utilize multiple types of bicycling infrastructure, including existing off-road trails, bicycle lanes, and low-traffic roads.

Draft maps for the route are available for download below:

St. John Valley
Van Buren to Presque Isle
Presque Isle to Ludlow

Ludlow to Stacyville
Stacyville to Winn
Lincoln to Enfield
Enfield to Old Town
Old Town to Bangor

Additional maps will be added when completed.

For more information on the project or to participate, contact Kamm at or by phone at (207) 493-5757.



Mobilize Northern Maine

Mobilize Northern Maine

Mobilize Northern Maine

Renewable Energy Final Report

Aroostook County leaders are behind a statewide initiative to provide planners with more detailed data and information about their regions in order to promote growth in Maine's 16 counties.

Featured Business
Access 89 Bar and Grill
Inn of Acadia

CARIBOU — If you travel Route 89 between Caribou and Limestone, you no doubt are familiar with Dodo’s Market. The convenience store has been in business since 1965 and has undergone some major renovations in the past couple of years, including the recent addition of Caribou’s newest bar and grill appropriately named, Access 89 Bar & Grill.
Entrepreneur Paul Morgan, who owns Dodo’s Market, and now Access 89 Bar & Grill, has invested considerable time and capital into transforming the former redemption Center into a full-service bar and grill.
Morgan said he saw an opportunity for further expansion since purchasing Dodo’s in 2016.
“The food service offered in the store has steadily increased over time,” said Morgan. “That fact along with the location of the store being on a main byway to the Loring Commerce Centre, where approximately 800 people travel to and work every day, it seemed to be a good business risk.”
Access 89 Bar and Grill has a total maximum capacity of 100 guests. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday are extended hours from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.


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Northern Maine Development Commission - PO Box 779 - 11 West Presque Isle Road - Caribou, ME 04736
Phone: 207-498-8736 - FAX: 866-493-1388
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