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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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> Aroostook County Visitor Guide
The Aroostook County visitor guide is filled with lodging, dining, events, outdoor recreation and more.
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Click on Image Below to Explore the St. John Valley Cultural Byway

 
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NMDC Begins Project to Develop Federally Designated Bicycle Route from Bangor to Fort Kent
   CARIBOU, ME — Work is underway to federally designate a bicycle route connecting Bangor to Fort Kent. A route which should provide significant economic, transportation, environmental and health benefits to residents and visitors to Northern Penobscot and Aroostook counties.
   Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC), in conjunction with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), started the project to achieve the bike route designation. The new bicycle route would complement and connect to the existing US Route One Bike Route, which runs from Florida to Calais, Maine.
   Jay Kamm, Senior Planner at NMDC, said the proposed route would be located on existing state and local roads and/or existing bike and pedestrian trails in the region. It is envisioned that the route will connect to the existing US Bicycle Route in Bangor and terminate at the international bridge in Fort Kent.
   “Outreach and collaboration is a big part of the plan,” said Kamm. “We will work with municipal officials, bicyclists, tourism leaders and other individuals to designate the route.”
   The draft proposed route is approximately 320 miles and the application to the federal government is due in the fall of 2018.
   The Northern Maine US Bike Route will be part of the United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS), which is the national cycling route network of the United States. It will be part of the interstate long-distance cycling routes and will utilize multiple types of bicycling infrastructure, including existing off-road trails, bicycle lanes, and low-traffic roads.
   The Northern Maine US Bike Route is intended to traverse the two counties and connects to previously designated scenic byways, Katahdin Woods and Waters and St. John Valley Scenic Byway, and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The route will begin/terminate at the international border crossing in Fort Kent, designated as America’s First Mile of US Route One.
   “The Route will also highlight the region’s cultural resources including, but not limited to, the Swedish Colony, Amish communities, Acadian heritage, the University System, and highlight the importance of agriculture and forestry to the regional economy,” added Kamm.
   “The development of the US Bicycle Route through Penobscot and Aroostook Counties will help facilitate additional bicycle tourism and economic growth throughout northern Maine,” said Patrick Adams, Regional Transportation Planner for MaineDOT. “A 2014 study by Quebec Tourism indicates that cycle tourists spend an average $214 per day, 6 percent more than other types of tourists while cycling the La Route Verte network. Two-thirds of those surveyed plan to return for another trip. In the US, that equates to over $83 billion nationally on trip related sales in 2017.”
The route will be shown on national maps and be identified as a bicycle tourism destination. Designating a USBR creates intrastate connections to coastal Maine as well as possibilities for cross-country travel by bike, bringing out-of-state tourism spending and generating interest in northern Maine.
   For more information on the project or to participate, contact Kamm at jkamm@nmdc.org or by phone at (207) 493-5757.


Cyr Chosen NMDC Executive Board Chairman
   CARIBOU — Bicycles and new board members highlighted Northern Maine Development Commission’s annual meeting, held Thursday, June 21 at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center.
   Member representatives elected Dave Cyr, Mars Hill Town Manager, as Chairperson; Gary Picard, Town Manager of Madawaska, as Vice-Chair; Nancy Troeger, Van Buren Town Manager, as Treasurer; and Dave Dionne, Mapleton Town Manager, as Secretary.
   New Executive Board members approved include: Mitch Butler of Fort Fairfield, Beverly Fournier of Winterville, Reed Plantation Town Manager Diane Hines, St. Agatha Town Manager Aubrie Michaud, Washburn Town Manager Donna Turner, Michael Tweedie of Blaine and Wallagrass Town Manager Lana Voisine.
   Also, at the meeting two NMDC employees were recognized for their commitment to the organization. Dave Spooner of the Business Finance Division was lauded for his 20 years at NMDC and Joella Theriault of the Planning and Development Department for 25 years.
   The meeting concluded with a presentation by Mary Beth Luce of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. She detailed the many programs and initiatives of the coalition, but the crux of her talk focused on the upcoming BikeMaine ride to be held in Aroostook County in September.
   Luce is the BikeMaine ride director and has spent a considerable amount of time in the region in preparation for the event, which will bring 450 riders and dozens of support staff to Central Aroostook and the St. John Valley from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15.
   “Cyclists will ride 50 miles every day and stop in host communities for overnight stays,” Luce said. “They’ll spend their days shopping and eating at local businesses and restaurants and many of them have already made their own hotel arrangements instead of staying at the campsites, which will provide even greater economic benefits to host communities.”
    In 2017, the BikeMaine ride downstate brought in $660,000 of direct economic benefits to its host communities in Somerset County. In the past five years, it has contributed $2.3 million to the state’s economy. 
   Presque Isle, Caribou, Madawaska, Fort Kent and St. Agatha all will serve as host communities for the cyclists during the trip, which organizers call “BikeMaine 2018: Acadia in the St. John Valley — La Terre Entre Deux.” In each town, staff members and volunteers will set up outside “tent villages” for the cyclists and provide food from local farmers and businesses as well as entertainment.



 

 
July 27 Aroostook Partnership Board of Directors Meeting
10:30 a.m. to noon, NMDC Boardroom

   
   














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
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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