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), and Aroostook Partnership.

Aroostook Washington
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Municipal Return on Investment

Reports & Studies more...

> Aroostook County High Crash Locations
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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 Here for a more complete listing of reports & studies.

Click on Image Below to Explore the St. John Valley Cultural Byway

What's New     Meetings/Events Calendar

Tourism Conference Set for Oct. 25 in Caribou
   AROOSTOOK COUNTY — All things tourism will be on the table at an upcoming the 2018 Aroostook County Tourism Conference.
   The event, being sponsored by Aroostook County Tourism (ACT) and Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC), is set for Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center.
   At the event the current state of hospitality and tourism in The County will be discussed, why tourism impacts the bottom line for most businesses in the region, the importance of destination marketing and little to no cost ways to market a business.
   Alain Ouellette, planning and development division director at NMDC, said in 2017, $155 million was spent by tourists coming to Aroostook County. Also, 2,752 jobs were supported by tourism in the region generating more than $53.3 million in total earnings. To register, click here.

New Hours for NMDC Caribou Office
Effective Sept. 14, 2018, NMDC will be open for business Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

St. John Valley Broadband Survey
  AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Residents and business owners in the St. John Valley are urged to complete online surveys to determine internet satisfaction.
   Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) and Axiom Technologies are working on a project to improve broadband speeds, internet access and enhance digital inclusion.
   NMDC was recently awarded a ConnectME grant to complete Phase I of the project, which calls for meeting with municipal and business leaders from the region, creating and distributing surveys to businesses and residents, analysis of survey results and sharing information gathered with ConnectME.
   The ConnectME Authority is a public instrumentality of Maine state government whose mission is to facilitate the universal availability of broadband to all Maine households and businesses and help them understand the valuable role it can play in enriching their lives and helping their communities thrive.
   “We held the meeting with businesses and municipal leaders a few weeks ago and gained valuable insight into the needs and wants, but more information is needed,” said Alain Ouellette, planning and development division director at NMDC. “The surveys are a valuable tool and what is gleaned from them will guide us onto Phase II of the project.”
   Phase II will focus on an inventory of existing broadband infrastructure assets; a gap analysis to define additional broadband infrastructure to meet identified goals; and include potential network designs, cost estimates operating models and business models.
   Throughout the project digital inclusion will also be stressed. Digital Inclusion is defined as the “ability of individuals and groups to access and use information and communication technologies (ICTs). Digital inclusion encompasses not only access to the Internet but also the availability of hardware and software; relevant content and services; and training for the digital literacy skills required for effective use of information and communication technologies.
   “Our success with expanding and improving the level and extent of internet broadband services rest with your participation,” added Ouellette.
   The resident survey can be found at
   The business survey is at

NMDC Begins Project to Develop Federally Designated Bicycle Route from Bangor to Fort Kent
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC), in conjunction with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), is working towards establishing a permanent federally designated bicycle route in northern Penobscot and Aroostook Counties.  The bike route designation would complement and connect to the existing US Route One Bike Route located in southern and Downeast Maine.
The proposed route would be located on existing state and local roads and/or existing bike and pedestrian trails in the region. It should be noted that there is no cost to the community for designation nor are there any additional maintenance requirements for the route.  All we ask is that, once designated, that communities and interested parties to help “keep an eye out” for missing or damaged signs.  As currently envisioned the US Bike Route will connect to the existing US Bicycle Route in Bangor and terminate at the international bridge in Fort Kent. The proposed route is approximately 320 miles.
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.

Draft maps for the route are available for download below:

St. John Valley
Van Buren to Presque Isle
Presque Isle to Ludlow

Ludlow to Stacyville
Stacyville to Winn
Lincoln to Enfield
Enfield to Old Town
Old Town to Bangor

Additional maps will be added when completed.

For more information on the project or to participate, contact Kamm at or by phone at (207) 493-5757.


Oct. 25 2018 Aroostook County Tourism Conference
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Caribou Inn and Convention Center. Link to register
Nov. 7 Proposed Bangor to Fort Kent Bicycle Route Workshop
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 24 Chapman Road, Presque Isle (Rec Center). Link to register

Mobilize Northern Maine

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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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