**NEW** NMDC Request for Proposal Environmental Consultant Sept.
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) has been awarded its third Brownfields Assessment Grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The intent of the Northern Maine Brownfield Initiative is to conduct community-wide brownfield assessments for sites potentially contaminated hazardous substances. The Initiative will also identify and review known contaminated sites located within NMDC’s Service Area that comprises all of Aroostook County, and parts of northern Washington, Penobscot, and Piscataquis counties; designate up to 15 sites for assessment using pre-determined selection criteria; designate up to six (6) sites for Phase I environmental site assessments (ESA) and six (6) sites for Phase II ESAs; and make recommendations for mitigation, remediation, and effective re-use of the properties. With this information, NMDC will also assist municipalities in eventual clean- up and redevelopment of these sites for creative, new and varied uses, and/or to increase greenspace. NMDC is seeking a Qualified Environmental Professional to carry out necessary tasks within the Brownfields Initiative.
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NMDC Receives Funding for Solid Waste Mgmt Sept.
NMDC is pleased to announce it has received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA-RD) Solid Waste Management Grants Program. The objectives of this grant program are to reduce or eliminate pollution of water sources in rural areas and improve planning and management of solid waste facilities and sites located in rural areas. The funding provided will be used to foster a broader understanding among community members, students, and solid waste professionals on waste management programs, waste reduction and recycling strategies, and state and federal regulations or laws relating to waste management.
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NMDC to Receive $275,000 to Advance Manufacturing in the Region
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Wednesday that the NMDC will receive $200,000, supplemented by a second award of $75,000 from USDA Rural Development to help the Biomass Clean Tech Manufacturing Cluster Strategic Plan create a manufacturing facility for biomass heating appliances in northern Maine. Click here for full story.
Ameridial Settles into Fort Kent Facility
A Northern Maine Finance Corporation (NMFC) owned building in Fort Kent, which has sat empty for more than two years, is once again a place of business now that Ameridial has signed a three-year lease to operate a call center at the facility.
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Aroostook Selected as a Great Region
Virginia Manuel, State Director USDA
Rural Development, presents a Great Region partnership plaque to NMDC Executive Director Bob Clark. USDA Rural Development has selected Aroostook, Piscatiquis and Washington counties to be a Great Region based
on each county's strengths and potential for growth.
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Aroostook County Tourism Network Created
In an effort to increase communications and strengthen collaborative efforts in Aroostook, an ACT Network is being established that will provide the opportunity for people within the tourism industry to share information and be regularly informed of tourism promotional efforts of Aroostook County Tourism (ACT), the Maine Office of Tourism and other organizations performing tourism related efforts.
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||10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Aroostook County Tourism Board meeting at Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce Presque Isle.
||7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m
APP/LEAD Annual Meeting at Edmunds Center, NMCC. iClick here to register.
||9 a.m. to noon
Marketing and Online Tourism Tools workshop
at NMDC boardroom in Caribou.iClick here to register.