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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 - 2017
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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> 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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Nadeau named State Star
The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) has selected Josh Nadeau as the 2017 State Star. The award, given annually, recognizes a member of the Maine SBDC staff that has shown exemplary performance and a strong commitment to small business success.
Nadeau is a center director and certified business advisor at the Maine SBDC at Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) in Caribou. He works with entrepreneurs and small businesses in Aroostook County to start and grow their businesses. In the two years Nadeau has been with the Maine SBDC, he has spent 1,890 hours advising 221 clients. He’s helped to start 23 businesses, create/retain 154 jobs, and generate almost $6.5 million in capital.
“Josh has been with the Maine SBDC for only a short time and we’ve watched him grow substantially in his position. He’s driven to achieve his goals, and dedicated to helping small businesses succeed. He’s brought new energy to Aroostook County and is a great representative of the Maine SBDC and NMDC. We are lucky to have him as part of our team,” said Maine SBDC State Director, Mark Delisle.
“Josh’s work has a significant impact on the number of clients served and economic opportunity for Aroostook County,” said NMDC Executive Director Robert Clark. “His teamwork with NMDC’s Business Finance Division has produced new and expanded businesses throughout Aroostook County.”
Each year, America’s Small Business Development Centers recognizes top performers from programs around the country at its annual conference. A special reception is being held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee to honor this year’s award winners.

New Aroostook County Visitors Guide is in
AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Thalo Blue, a design agency with a focus on tourism and arts marketing from Auburn, Maine, was selected to complete a relaunch of the Aroostook County Tourism Visitor Guide.
Under the agreement with Aroostook County Tourism (ACT), a committee of Northern Maine Development Commission, Thalo Blue has fully redesigned the region’s 68-page visitor guide, updated the editorial content and sold advertising in the guide. The 2017 publication is the first of three annual guides the agency will produce in partnership with ACT.
The guide was delivered to NMDC in Caribou Thursday, June 29.
“For our next Aroostook County Visitor Guide, the NMDC and the ACT marketing committee wanted to find a firm with the experience and capability to beautifully show potential visitors all that The County has to offer,” said Alain Ouellette of NMDC. “In the proposal that Thalo Blue submitted, they demonstrated that they can do this, and more, for us.”
Since 2011, Thalo Blue has designed and produced 13 annual visitor guides for numerous Maine regional tourism entities, including relaunching half of Maine’s eight official tourism region guides. The firm’s work has garnered high praise, including a Governor’s Conference on Tourism Award for Marketing & Promotion presented by the Maine Office of Tourism for rebranding Maine’s Kennebec Valley.

Entrepreneur of the Year Named
AROOSTOOK COUNTY — An eclectic mix of business people rose to the top of the 2017 Aroostook Partnership Entrepreneur of the Year competition, but a Fort Kent logging contractor topped them all.
Josh Rich, of JL Rich Timber Harvesting, was named the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year at an awards banquet at Northern Maine Community College Thursday, May 18.
Finishing as the first runner up was Bruce Sargent of Falcon Transportation in Presque Isle and in a tie for second runner up was Cameron Clark of Houlton of Cameron’s Lawncare and Chainsaw Carving and Peter Chase of Buildings Etcetera.
Aroostook Partnership President Bob Dorsey, who also served as one of eight judges in the competition, said the mix of small and large businesses shows just how diverse the economy of Aroostook County is and it doesn’t matter the size of the business if people have a drive to succeed.
Rich received a plaque, $1,000 award and a certificate for a free Employer U training at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Sargent received a $500 check and Clark and Chase each received $250.
Also at the awards ceremony, David Gordon of Katahdin Cedar Log Homes in Oakfield, was presented the inaugural Vanguard Award from the Partnership to honor a business with a proven track record of innovation, excellence and service to the economy of Aroostook County.
A panel of eight judges, one from each of the supporting organizations, Husson University, Northern Maine Community College, University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine at Presque Isle and four business representatives selected the ten finalists and ultimate winner earlier this month for announcement at the awards banquet.
The other finalists were Gordon; Bradley Frank, Big Cheese Pizza; Douglas Lerman, Ken. L. Electric; Paul Morgan, Dodo’s Market; Jonathan and Tristan Noyes, Gromaine; and Kevin Pelletier and Scott Colton, K-Pel and Fort Steel.


Aug. 23 Maine PTAC Workshop:Intro to Government Contracting and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Houlton Higher Education Center. For more information, contact Dana Delano at

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
Clark's Variety
Inn of Acadia

A Houlton couple can now add business owners to their resumes after recently purchasing a Linneus convenience store. Clark’s Variety Inc., formerly known as Peg’s Place, is now owned by Daniel and Vanessa Clark.
Located on US Route 2A, this popular and well known convenience store is located at the Four Corners in Linneus, not far from the well-known Grammy’s Restaurant.
Daniel and Vanessa combined have more than two decades of experience managing various businesses in retail, service and the grocery industry.
Northern Maine Development Commission provided small business counseling to the couple prior to purchase and the NMDC Business Finance Division was essential in securing financing according to Clark.

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