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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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> NMDC Next Generation Strategic Plan
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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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NMDC Awarded CDFI Certification
CARIBOU — Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) now has a new tool to help foster economic development and opportunity in northern and eastern Maine.
The Commission received notification Tuesday, April 10 that NMDC has been designated as a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the US Department of Treasury. This certification will allow NMDC to expand lending services in Aroostook, Washington, Penobscot and Piscataquis counites.
The CDFI Fund was established in 1994 to promote economic revitalization and community development in low-income communities that may be underserved by traditional financial institutions. By certifying qualified institutions, CDFI brings together diverse private and public-sector investors to create economic opportunity. CDFIs now form a robust sector within the larger financial services industry; NMDC joins approximately 1,000 CDFIs operating nationwide.
“The CDFI program creates opportunities by providing access to affordable financial products and services for small businesses and provides access to new funding sources such as the US Treasury and many foundations that require CDFI certification prior to investing in the CDFI,” said NMDC Executive Director Robert Clark.
CDFI certification will give NMDC access to other critical financial services available to disadvantaged businesses and low-income communities – supporting projects that will help our region grow.
“The ability to provide financial assistance to small businesses is an element in NMDC’s mission to expand and support economic development, and the CDFI certification supports this by giving NMDC greater opportunities to lend to small businesses,” said Fort Fairfield Town Manager and NMDC Executive Board Chairman Jim Risner. “Gaining CDFI certification is not an easy process, and Robert Clark and the NMDC staff are to be commended for the work they have done to achieve the certification.”
Clark said certification is the first step.
“The next steps will be to prepare CDFI and foundation funding applications to build NMDC’s capital base for further investments in small businesses in Aroostook, Washington, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties and to help grow the economy, create new jobs and sustain our business services,” he explained. 
Becoming a certified CDFI was a component of the recently completed NMDC Next Generation Strategic Plan 2018-2022, which is an organizational strategy developed with broad public, private, and non-profit sector input, staff and board perspectives, as well as critical analysis and application of proven rural community economic development principles.
“The key premise of the Next Generation Strategic Plan was and is to generate ‘greater impact’ in the communities and economy through the deployment of NMDC’s resources, being predictive of the future, being innovative with an entrepreneurial mindset and integrating an open systems planning model,” said Clark.
NMDC is a nonprofit organization focused on business, community economic development and regional planning programs throughout Aroostook and Washington counties. To learn more about how NMDC can assist your business, call 207-493-5851.

NMDC's Josh Nadeau Wins Innovation Award

Augusta, Maine – The U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to announce that Joshua (Josh) Nadeau, Center Director of the Maine Small Business Development Center at Northern Maine Development Commission, has been selected to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2018 Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center of the Year Award for Maine.
“Josh has done an outstanding job assisting entrepreneurs in Aroostook County,” said Amy Bassett, SBA District Director for Maine. “Josh has developed best practices that allow him to provide outstanding service and efficiency in a large and rural area.”
Nadeau provides no-cost 1 on 1 confidential business advising and counseling services to start-up and existing businesses in Aroostook County, including obtaining financing, developing business plans, marketing assistance, and others. Nadeau was selected for this award because of his outstanding record in exceeding every goal in his job portfolio, including helping to raise $5,030,310 in capital to help Aroostook County Businesses.
Nadeau was nominated for this award by David Spooner of Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou.
“Working for the SBDC with entrepreneurs and small business owners is by far the most rewarding career I’ve ever been a part of,” said Nadeau. “It’s a special feeling when you can work with somebody over weeks, months, sometimes even years and see their ideas and dreams come to fruition. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to not only serve local entrepreneurs, but their family, friends, community and the local economy as well.”
Nadeau will be honored at the 2018 SBA Small Business Awards Celebration on May 1, 2018 at the Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main Street in Freeport. For more information about the event, please contact the Maine District Office’s website or contact William Card at or 207-622-8555.


June 21 NMDC Annual Meeting
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Caribou Inn and Convention Center.


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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
Access 89 Bar and Grill
Inn of Acadia

CARIBOU — If you travel Route 89 between Caribou and Limestone, you no doubt are familiar with Dodo’s Market. The convenience store has been in business since 1965 and has undergone some major renovations in the past couple of years, including the recent addition of Caribou’s newest bar and grill appropriately named, Access 89 Bar & Grill.
Entrepreneur Paul Morgan, who owns Dodo’s Market, and now Access 89 Bar & Grill, has invested considerable time and capital into transforming the former redemption Center into a full-service bar and grill.
Morgan said he saw an opportunity for further expansion since purchasing Dodo’s in 2016.
“The food service offered in the store has steadily increased over time,” said Morgan. “That fact along with the location of the store being on a main byway to the Loring Commerce Centre, where approximately 800 people travel to and work every day, it seemed to be a good business risk.”
Access 89 Bar and Grill has a total maximum capacity of 100 guests. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday are extended hours from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.


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Northern Maine Development Commission - PO Box 779 - 11 West Presque Isle Road - Caribou, ME 04736
Phone: 207-498-8736 - FAX: 866-493-1388
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