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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What's New     Meetings/Events Calendar

New Aroostook County Visitors Guide in Production
AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Aroostook County Tourism (ACT), a committee of the Northern Maine Development Commission, has announced that they will be fully redesigning and updating its tourism visitors guide for 2017. ACT will work on these efforts with Thalo Blue, an award-winning design agency with a focus on tourism and arts marketing, located in Auburn, Maine. The last major redesign of the visitor guide took place in 2009.
Each year, 10,000 copies of the guide are produced and distributed by mail, online, through official Maine Visitor Information Centers, and at numerous domestic and Canadian travel and trade shows. The annually produced Aroostook Visitor Guide is the primary publication used by ACT to attract first-time and returning visitors to the year-round offerings of the entire region. The guide contains articles, photography, maps, an event calendar, and information on dining, lodging, and recreation—everything visitors need to plan an Aroostook County vacation.
The guide offers a limited number of advertising opportunities for tourism businesses looking to generate more attention for their business. Those interested in placing an ad should contact Matthew Kovacevich for rates and information at Ad sales end March 15, 2017.

To download the ad sales kit, click here.

*Revised Dates*
RFP For New Aroostook County Tourism Map Issued
Aroostook County Tourism (ACT), working with the Aroostook Partnership, with funding from the Maine Office of Tourism’s (MOT) Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMPP), is undertaking a selection process to solicit Requests for Proposals from qualified consulting companies for the development and production of a Regional Tourism Map. The goal of this RFP process is intended to provide ACT with a more complete understanding of each finalist’s innovativeness, energy and willingness to allocate its resources to make this northern Maine tourism map project a success.

To view the full RFP, 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 6 Aroostook County Tourism Board Meeting
10 a.m. to noon.
NMDC Boardroom in Caribou.

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
JB Sheet Metal
Inn of Acadia

It looks a bit like chicken wire wrapped around a plastic bucket, but JB Sheet Metal’s lynx exclusion device is proving to be worth far more than that. In 2014, Maine Department of Inland Fishers and Wildlife (MDIFW) issued new regulations to protect lynx from accidental trapping. When Ken LeTourneau, Project Manager for Maine Manufacturers Extension Partnership (Maine MEP), saw the guidelines, he thought of Jeff Baker, owner of JB Sheet Metal in Caribou, who developed a prototype in only one month.

JB Sheet Metal has grown steadily since Baker opened it in 2014. “The heart of my business is ventilation, duct work, and HVAC,” he said. He and his employees make an oven that attaches to woodstoves, a portable toilet, and custom products, but nothing else like the lynx exclusion device.

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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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