**NEW** JobForce Alliance-WIA 5-Year local strategic plan
The Aroostook-Washington Workforce Investment Board Five-Year Comprehensive Strategy is available for review and public comment period is now open until April 2.
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Notice of Public Comment
IMCP Enters Next Phase
CARIBOU - Efforts to boost manufacturing in Aroostook and Washington counties have moved into the next phase in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation process.
IMCP is a federal program that is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create jobs across the country.
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) was awarded funding in the initial phase of the IMCP process last year and now phase two efforts are underway, which requires the formation of a Forest Products Manufacturing Industry Partnership.
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NMDC Receives Funding for Solid Waste Mgmt
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.
Project Canopy Grant Process Overview
Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs. To be eligible to apply for 2013 Project Canopy Assistance grants, all applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application.
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Household Hazardous Waste Collection a Success
Forty-one (41) residents and retired farmers from throughout Aroostook County participated in the 2013 HHW collection. This program was free of charge to residents.
Click Here to view map of participants and materials collected.
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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Loan Review Committee mtg at NMDC in Caribou.
Exec. Board mtg at NMDC in Caribou.
||8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
APP Alternative Energy and Biomass Fair Northern Maine Community College Presque Isle. For more details email, Robert Dorsey
||10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
EPIC Maine: Exploring Pathways to Industries and Careers in Maine at Eastern Maine Community College. FMI click here.