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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.
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Grant Funding Available From NBRC
The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced it is now accepting applications for the next round of federal grant funding for economic development projects from the four northern border states - Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont and once again Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) will be providing a completeness review and technical assistance to applicants.
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Downtown Revitilization Efforts Underway in Fort Kent
Downtown Fort Kent has taken a few lumps over the past few years — two major fires and business closures. But residents who understand the value of a vibrant downtown recently passed a town warrant calling for a Downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, which is a major step forward in their revitalization efforts.
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Consultant Selected for Northern Maine Brownfield Initiative
County Environmental Engineering Inc. (CEE) of Cross Lake was recently selected as the consultant for the Northern Maine Brownfield Initiative, which is to conduct communitywide environmental site assessments for properties potentially contaminated by hazardous substances and petroleum products.
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Solid Waste Management Survey
In an effort to hear from the public on important solid waste issues, NMDC has developed an easy online survey to help us focus our work on what is important to you. The survey will only take few minutes to fill out and we have tried to ask questions that are relevant and important. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and tell us what you think about solid waste issues in the County. Your opinion counts and your responses are confidential.
Click Here to complete the survey.
Thompson now certified export counselor
Businesses in Aroostook and Washington counties looking to make the leap into exporting now have a new resource for information. Rod Thompson, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director at NMDC, is now a certified Intermediate Level Small Business Administration (SBA) Export Counselor.
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Aroostook Partnership for Progress Jobs Projection Website Goes Live
Revised figures from the Aroostook Jobs Projection project show more than 1,800 jobs vacancies are expected in the next five years at over 30 of the region’s largest companies and now all that information can be found on a new website.
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Local Outdoor Group Donates New Signage for the Francis Malcolm Science Institute
The mission of Aroostook Outdoors (AO) is fostering healthy, active, non-motorized, outdoor recreational opportunities and promoting eco-tourism in Aroostook County, through the sharing of outdoor information and experience. This mission is the driving force behind a new trailhead sign and smaller directional signs for the many hiking and snowshoe trails at the Francis Malcolm Science Institute (FMSI).
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> Help is Available for Small Business
Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) are dedicated to helping the state’s small businesses succeed. Through a network of Service Centers, SBDC counselors engage small business owners and micro business owners in development activities that help improve their chances for success, as well improve the economic climate throughout Maine.
Click Here to find out how NMDC's SBDC counselor, Rod Thompson, can assist you.
> News From PTAC
One of the services offered to clients of Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center at NMDC is bid-matching.
Click Here to find out if bid-matching can help your business.
> NMDC Entrepreneurial Program Revamped
A new deadline and changes to the program have officials with the Caribou entrepreneur pilot program hoping more people sign up for the free program, which could be the first step to owning a business in Caribou.
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Education and training grant to benefit veterans in Aroostook and Washington Counties
A $25,000 grant from the Tibor and Anna Doby Veteran Support Fund will open up additional educational opportunities for veterans in Aroostook and Washington counties.This is the second consecutive year $25,000 has been awarded to NMDC from the Maine Community Foundation’s Doby Fund.
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> Aroostook County Jobs Projection - March 7, 2012
The Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP) is initiating a new project entitled “Aroostook County Jobs Projection”. The purpose of this effort is to help stem student outmigration (a 5 decade-old problem), to inform Junior High and High School students of upcoming job opportunities in Aroostook County, and to aid Aroostook businesses with aging workforces by providing them with potential prospects to help them maintain or grow their businesses.
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> Business Retention & Expansion Survey - The Results Are In!
Since much of Aroostook County's future development depends on the ability of its existing businesses to thrive and expand, it is important for us to better understand the perceptions, challenges and plans for expanding your business in Aroostook County.
The purpose of this survey is to learn more about the expansion plans and needs of Aroostook County businesses. The information received will enable the economic development team to identify ways that they can support business growth in the County.
Click Here to view the results of the survey.
> Organizers to Announce Results of First Round
of Family Reunions Selected for the World Acadian Congress in August 2014
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> NMDC Receives Solid Waste Management Grant - 11-2011
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is pleased to announce it has received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Solid Waste Management Grants Program. The objectives of the 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.
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> Brownfields Cleanup at Former McCains Cooler Plant in Washburn - 08-03-2011
|The Town of Washburn, working with Maine DEP, NMDC, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently begun a Brownfields revitalization project at the former McCains Cooler Plant located on the Gardner Creek Road.
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> Customer Service Training - 04/29/11
Aroostook County Tourism and the Maine Woods Consortium recently held Customer Service Training for Fronline Staff.
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> FEDERAL EMPOWERMENT ZONE DESIGNATION EXTENDED - 01/11
The Aroostook County Empowerment Zone (ACEZ) designation has been extended through the end of 2011. The extension was included in the Middle Class Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4853), approved by Congress on December 15, 2010. The extension is retroactive to January 1, 2010.
The ACEZ designation provides tax incentives for businesses within its boundaries that hire local residents, as well as increased deductions for qualifying depreciable property. A tax credit of up to $3,000 can be claimed for every ACEZ resident hired. The ACEZ does not include all communities in Aroostook, but a list of communities and census tracts that are included can be found on the EZ website, www.aroostookez.com.
“The extension of the Empowerment Zone is tremendous for the northern Maine business community and will provide significant positive impact to those employers who qualify for the tax incentives,” said Bob Clark, Executive Director of the Northern Maine Development Commission.
> Aroostook County Has a Railroad - 04/04/11
The new operator of rails in Aroostook County is Eastern Maine Railway (EMR).
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> MM&A Rail purchased by the State of Maine - 01/11
It took a little more time than expected but the purchase and sale of the tracks has been completed. The state is now the owner of the line and is seeking to have a new operator in place around the end of March or early spring.
> Small Business Training Events Survey
The Northern Maine Development Commission is working on a series of Small Business Training Events for this year. Please help us out by taking the short survey.
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> Innovation Engineering Leadership Institute Workshop
This workshop is geared for senior management who want to learn a systematic approach to leading profitable growth through innovation. They will learn how to create, communicate and commercialize meaningfully unique ideas and products. Please note that a special discount is offered to qualifying manufacturing companies.
Also visit the Innovation Engineering website for more info.
> GIS Workshop Training Materials - Click Here
> 2009-2010 Community Development Block Grant Newsletter
Click Here to view a complete listing of application deadlines, proposed budget and other important CDBG information.
> Mobile Slaughterhouse
We are working to determine if the creation of a USDA inspected mobile slaughter unit is feasible in Aroostook and Washington Counties. We are asking for your help. Please take a minute or two to share your livestock numbers to help us understand how many animals are raised in the region and what the cost of transporting those animals is for slaughtering and processing. We are also interested in whether you would increase your herd if more slaughtering and processing options were available locally. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.
For more information, contact Jay Kamm.
> $800,000 grant awarded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to NMDC for two-county development plan.
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> Aroostook EZ Eyes Federal Spending
The lead agency for the Aroostook County Empowerment Zone is hoping that a cache of money set aside for the Aroostook EZ in the fiscal year 2010 agriculture appropriations spending bill will be fully approved for projects in the region.
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> Aroostook County Tourism Announces Development of New Visitor Guide
After reviewing several proposals the Aroostook County Tourism board has chosen TDG Communications, Inc., a Deadwood, SD-based firm to create a new visitor guide for Aroostook County.
> Aroostook Organic Farm Secures Grant for Mail Order Catalogue
Bridgewater, Maine: The struggle to keep a family farm alive sometimes can seem like a lonely effort for small farmers in Maine. Family farmers don’t have the marketing muscle of multinational corporate agribusinesses. The grant which Wood Prairie Farm received came from the Small Manufacturing Industry Effectiveness Program (SMIEP) of the Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC).
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> Governor Baldacci Announces Mobilize Maine Initiative
Governor John E. Baldacci joined officials from FairPoint Communications, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Quality of Place Council and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce to announce the Mobilize Maine Initiative. Mobilize Maine is a locally driven initiative that provides regional data and growth forecasting to economic development professionals throughout the State.
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> NMDC Success Story
Fifteen years ago, Kevin Simmons came to us with
a vision of reviving a hotel in Caribou that had been foreclosed on. Simmons and NMDC's Business Finance Department put together a package to help finance the purchase. With his family behind him and continued success, he also purchased another large hotel in Presque Isle. Both establishments are popular destinations for people visiting Aroostook or looking for a classy place to dine. Now diagnosed with leukemia, he is still determined to own and operate both facilities and is actively watching what is happening in Aroostook County and very much glad to be part of it. Congratulations on your 15 years of success.
> Governor Directs DOT Action on Aroostook Highway Project
Governor John E. Baldacci announced that he has instructed the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) to advance an Aroostook County transportation project so that construction can begin in 2010. The Caribou Connector included in the Aroostook County Transportation Study will become a stand-alone project separate from the Presque Isle Bypass Segment.
Click Here to view the complete press release and a listing of transportation investments in Aroostook 2009.
> Grant for Solid Waste Management Services
A $97,000 grant from USDA Rural Development will allow NMDC to assist communities with their solid waste management needs.
> Small Business Revolving Loan Fund Program
The USDA has awarded $500,000 to NMDC for a revolving loan fund for small businesses affected by the tightening credit crunch.