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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> 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.
Click Here to visit the website.

> 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.
Click Here to read document.

>US Jobs Supported by Agricultural Exports Grew in 2014
Click here to download the results.

>Aroostook County Transportation Survey 2015
Click here to download the results.

>#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.
Click here to download the study.

> Aroostook County Visitor Guide
The Aroostook County visitor guide is filled with lodging, dining, events, outdoor recreation and more.
Click Here to view a flipbook version.

> Aroostook County Tourism Action Plan
Aroostook County Tourism announced the new 2011-2016 Northern Maine Tourism Action Plan. The new Action Plan has established five goals which will serve as a guide for tourism promotional efforts through the next five years.

Click Here to download the Action Plan.

> 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.
Click Here to read document.

Click Here for a more complete listing of reports & studies.

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What's New     Meetings/Events Calendar

*New* RFP Winter Plowing Services
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is soliciting winter plowing service proposals for the winter of 2016/2017. The selected Proposer would be responsible for all services associated with winter parking lot maintenance for the office building located at 11 West Presque Isle Road in Caribou, ME beginning November 1st, 2016 and ending October 31st, 2017.

The full RFP can be viewed here or by contacting Matt Tompkins via email at or by phone at (207) 493-5778.

NMDC is an equal opportunity employer/lender

*New* RFP Agent of Record
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) in Caribou solicits proposals for an Agent of Record every five (5) years as required by internal policy. The Agent of Record selected would oversee one or all of the insurances required to be maintained by NMDC, contingent upon selection beginning Nov. 1, 2016 and ending Oct. 31, 2021.

Currently, NMDC holds insurance policies that encompass both employee benefits and organizational liabilities. Employee benefit insurances currently held by NMDC are as follows:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance

An Agent of Record is also sought to oversee the employee retirement plan policy.

Proposals are due at the Caribou office by 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

The full RFP can be viewed here or by contacting Matt Tompkins via email at or by phone at (207) 493-5778.

NMDC is an equal opportunity employer/lender

NMDC Annual Report Released at Annual Meeting
CARIBOU — Caribou City Manager Austin Bleess will serve as the chairman of the Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) Executive board for the upcoming fiscal year. Bleess was elected chair during the NMDC annual meeting held Thursday, June 23 at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center.
The vice-chairman is Jon Frederick of Castle Hill, Ralph Dwyer of Ashland will serve as treasurer and Keith Brown of Washburn was voted as secretary for 2016-17.
Two new board members were also selected for two-year terms. Ryan Pelletier, town manager in Madawaska, and Jim Risner, town manager of Fort Fairfield, were voted in by Australian ballot.
Also at the annual meeting, NMDC Executive Director Bob Clark presented the annual report for the organization. Clark highlighted a number of programs that directly benefited the residents of Aroostook and Washington counties.
“During the past fiscal year, NMDC has worked to promote Aroostook County as a quality tourism destination, provided loans to new and existing businesses, provided environmental assessments of possible Brownfield sites and completed a very successful Community Guided Planning and Zoning process to possibly encourage smart development in the Unorganized Territory,” said Clark. “Other economic development efforts include mapping produce distribution routes and assessing needs in transportation, successfully leveraging three grant programs to grow a medical appliance business in the Presque Isle Industrial Park and completing a statewide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Another big success last year was the continued growth of the Northern Forest Products Industry Cluster, spearheaded by the Aroostook Partnership.”
Other highlights include:

  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assistance lead to more than $4-million dollars in federal and state contracts in Aroostook and Washington counties.
  • The cooperative purchasing of salt saved 53 municipalities in the region nearly $23,000.
  • The Northern Maine Brownfields Initiative paid for nine Phase 1 environmental site assessments and seven Phase 2 assessments. The primary goal is the cleanup of properties for future economic development.
  • The Business Finance Division completed 37 loans in fiscal 2015-16 for more than $1.7 million, which helped create 28 jobs and retain 128.

Clark pointed out only a few examples and thus urged NMDC members to take the opportunity to review the annual report, which can be found here.


Sept. 29 Aroostook County Tourism
10 a.m. to noon
NMDC Boardroom in Caribou.
Oct. 6 How to Write a Business Plan
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Houlton Higher Education Center. Part of Houlton Entrepreneur Challenge, but open to anyone interested. FMI, contact Josh Nadeau at
Oct. 13 NMDC Executive Board
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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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