Northern Maine Development CommissionNMDC Office in Caribou.

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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.

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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 - 2016
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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>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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> Aroostook County Tourism Action Plan
Aroostook County Tourism announced the new 2011-2016 Northern Maine Tourism Action Plan.

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> Sustainable Economy Initiative
The Sustainable Economy Initiative (SEI) has released Economic Resurgence in the Northern Forest—the first-ever, 4-state strategy for sustainable economic development in the Northern Forest.
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Request for Proposal Lawncare Services
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) in Caribou is soliciting proposals for summer lawn mowing and maintenance services. The selected Proposer would be expected to sign a contract for services from May 1st, 2017 to November 30th, 2017.
Proposals are due at the Caribou office by 3 p.m. on April 21st, 2017.

To view the full RFP, click here.

Entrepreneur of the Year Competition
AROOSTOOK COUNTY — The University of Maine at Presque Isle is sweetening the pot for the eventual 2017 Aroostook Entrepreneur of the Year winner. In addition to the $1,000 award to the first-place recipient in the annual competition organized by the Aroostook Partnership, UMPI will provide free customized professional development training through its Employer U program.
“Many times, these entrepreneurial nominees' organizations are growing at an accelerated pace and employee roles change rapidly, while perhaps taking on responsibilities not originally expected,” said Carolyn Dorsey-Durepo, Associate Professor of Business Management. “Part of UMPI's mission is to support economic development, so I thought it would be fitting to offer the award winner a free Employer U training. President Rice was fully supportive of the idea.”
UMPI’s Employer U program, established in 2015, is designed to provide ongoing professional development opportunities for employees of area businesses.
“We really appreciate this professional development gift from UMPI,” Bob Dorsey, AP President explained. “There are a lot of entrepreneurs in the County that can benefit from additional training, especially as their owners have numerous roles all requiring unique skill sets – so this is a very appropriate gift for them to add.”
Nominations must be received by April 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. There is no fee for nominations and self-nominations are encouraged. Previous nominees are eligible to be nominated again.

To download a nomination form, click here.

Business Finance Division client featured in MaineBiz
PORTAGE LAKE — An Aroostook County native and former marine said her purchase of Portage Lakeside Cabins, not far from her childhood stomping grounds, fulfills her longtime dream for a business while allowing her to raise her children in a region she loves.
In a transaction finalized Sept. 13, Shannon Currier purchased the business for $250,000. It's located at 4 Almond Drive with easy access from Route 11 and includes a single-family cottage, four small cabins, bathhouse and garage sitting on 2.7 acres with 420 feet of lake frontage. The seller was Laura Bouchard, according to the Caribou-based Northern Maine Development Commission's business finance division, which helped Currier finance the purchase.
The full MaineBiz article can be viewed here.


April 20 Understanding Bids: How to Read and Respond PTAC Workshop
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Madawaska Town Office.

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
Old School Barber Shop in Fort Kent
Inn of Acadia

Michael Dumond, a graduate of the New England School of Barbering in Concord New Hampshire, sought financing through NMDC to start his Old School Barber Shop. The shop, named after his grandfather features an antique barber chair and all of the services and amenities that you would expect in a old-time barbershop right down to the cribbage board.
Mike, a former US Marine, returned to the St. John Valley after his service to settle down.  However, after a serious workplace accident, he needed to find an occupation that allowed him some additional flexibility and consideration and the barber shop did just that.
Today it is rare to stop in and not find men and boys waiting their turn in the chair.

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Northern Maine Development Commission - PO Box 779 - 11 West Presque Isle Road - Caribou, ME 04736
Phone: 207-498-8736 - Toll Free in Maine 800-427-8736 - FAX: 207-493-3108
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