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), Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP), Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development (LEAD), Northern Maine Finance Corp. (NMFC), Aroostook/Washington County Local Workforce Investment Board and Northern Maine Solid Waste Management Committee (NMSWMC).

Aroostook Washington CountyAroostook Washington
Economic Development District

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Reports & Studies

> 2014-2015 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.
Click Here to download a printable PDF version.

>#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.

> Northern Maine 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.

Measures of Growth In Focus - 2013
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.

> 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.
What's New Archived Articles   Meetings/Events Calendar

**NEW** Aroostook Day at the Legislature
Workforce issues, education and growing the business skills of entrepreneurs present and future will be center stage at the 2015Aroostook Day at the Legislature Wednesday, Feb. 11.
LEADers Encouraging Aroostook Development (LEAD), a key partner in the Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP), organizes the event.
“We sponsor Aroostook Day as an opportunity for members of the private, public and nonprofit sectors in Aroostook County to interact directly with our elected state representatives on issues of importance to The County,” said Jim Davis, LEAD president.
The event, held at the Senator Inn in Augusta, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, then dinner, followed by formal presentations.
Ryan Pelletier, Executive Director of LEAD and Director of Economic and Workforce Development at Northern Maine Development Commission, and Scott Voisine, Dean of Community Education at the University of Maine at Fort Ken, are the speakers for the evening.
Pelletier said invitees include LEAD and APP members, NMDC Executive Board, Aroostook-Washington Workforce Investment Board, Aroostook and Washington County legislators and legislative leadership.
“Advocacy is part of the fundamental reason for our [LEAD] reasoning for being,” said Davis. “This event is our way of being able to meet with our elected representatives and inform them very directly what our issues, concerns and our ideas are. We do not expect them in Augusta to necessarily be the solution. We like to bring ideas to them as well.”
Anyone who would like more information or to attend Aroostook Day at the Legislature is urged to contact Judy Dinsmore at NMDC by email or by phone at (207) 498-8736.

$500,000 Awarded to NMDC to Assist Rural Businesses
A half of million dollars in funding is coming to Northern Maine for loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities.
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is one of two economic development agencies in Maine to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program (RMAP) funding.
Under RMAP, USDA provides loans to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) that, in turn, make microloans for business startup or development to eligible microentrepreneurs defined as very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees. Grants are available for MDOs to provide technical assistance and training, particularly in rural areas experiencing persistent poverty or significant outmigration. USDA does not directly provide funds to the ultimate recipients.
The $500,000 to NMDC, administered by the Business Finance Division, will impact businesses in Aroostook and Washington counties, and the Penobscot County towns of Mount Chase, Patten, Stacyville and three unorganized townships, and 19 unorganized townships in Piscataquis County. The plan is for funds to assist 18 businesses and create 45 jobs.
For more information, contact Mary Dahlgren at 498-8736 or by email at

NMDC Receives Funding for Solid Waste Mgmt Sept.
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.
Click Here to view complete Scope of Work.

Aroostook Selected as a Great Region
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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Feb. 11 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Aroostook Day at the Legislature
Senator Inn Augusta. For more information, contact Judy Dinsmore at 498-8736.

Mobilize Northern Maine

Mobilize Northern Maine

Mobilize Northern Maine Final Reports

Renewable Energy Final Reportrt

Information Technology 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
Inn of Acadia - Madawaska
Inn of Acadia
The Inn of Acadia is a first-class boutique hotel located in downtown Madawaska just across the river from the vibrant urban center of Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada. Our mission at the Inn is to provide our guests with luxurious rooms and warm, attentive and memorable service throughout your stay.

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Local Workforce Investment Board

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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