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).

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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.
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.
Click Here to download a printable PDF version.

> Maine DEP Shoreland Zoning Newsletter Winter 2012 - Click Here to view.

> 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.
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**NEW** Job Posting Accountant
The Northern Maine Development Commission is currently accepting applications for an Accountant. This position is responsible for program level reporting and billing including monthly and quarterly reporting to funding sources, accounts receivable/payable, and payroll administration.
Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related filed is required. Experience in non-profit accounting, GAAP and human resources is preferred.
For more information,iclick here.

**NEW** Logger Business Training Set for May 15
ST. AGATHA — Following up on a very successful logger business training program last spring at the University of Maine Fort Kent, Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) has developed a one-day seminar to help loggers and off road truckers become more profitable.
“The day long logger business profitability training workshop will be hands on session to help logging companies document and analyze operating costs to help make critical business decisions and run the company with greater business confidence,” said Alain Ouellette, Planning and Development Division Director NMDC.
The program will be Thursday, May 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha.
For more information,iclick here.

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.
For more information,iclick here.
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.
For more information,iclick here.

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.
Click Here to view complete Scope of Work.

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.
Click here for more info and to register.

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 FacilityAmeridial
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.
Click here for more info.

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.
Click Here to register.


April 24 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
EPIC Maine: Exploring Pathways to Industries and Careers in Maine at Eastern Maine Community College. FMI
click here.
May 2 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Aroostook Assessors at NMDC boardroom in Caribou.
May 8 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Loan Review Committee meeting at NMDC boardroom Caribou.
May 8 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
NMDC Executive Board meeting at NMDC boardroom Caribou.
May 15 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Logger Business Training
at Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha. FMI click here.
May 28 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Aroostook County Tourism Summit at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle. FMI contact
oJon Gulliver.

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.

Visit the website for detailed information about this new initiative.

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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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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