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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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> 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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> 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.
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What's New     Meetings/Events Calendar

Free Business Planning and Farm Ownership Loan Workshop in Littleton
LITTLETON — Registration is underway for a free business planning and farm ownership loan workshop for agriculture producers and would be producers in Littleton, Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) staff and representatives from Maine's USDA Farm Service Agency will present on how to improve your business skills. The two and one half-hour workshop will explore the importance of developing an effective and useful ‘Producer Business Plan.’ FSA officials will also be on hand to explain federal programs and services designed to help producers in farm ownership.
This is the second of five different business training workshops, but attendance at the other workshops is not required. Others are scheduled for Fort Fairfield on Jan. 11, Caribou Feb. 13, and the St. John Valley March 22.
Alain Ouellette, Planning and Development Division Director at NMDC, said the first workshop in Island Falls was a success with participants saying, “we found today's training to be exactly what we were hoping for and then some!" Another, "it was so great to have these training opportunities closest to the people who will benefit from it, thank you." 
“We at NMDC and FSA believe our collaborative effort is on track to continue to help ensure small producer business growth and prosperity in The County,” said Ouellette.

Click here to register.

All of Aroostook County Now Designated HUBZone
AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Businesses in Aroostook County now have another tool to grow their sales. The federal government recently announced a change in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program, which should benefit northern Maine.
“The recently updated HUBZone Map now has all of Aroostook County in a qualified HUBZone,” said Amy Bassett, District Director of Maine SBA. “While we understand the challenges Aroostook county small businesses are facing, we want to seize on the opportunity and benefits that the HUBZone program presents and help stimulate the region’s economy by getting federal contracts flowing to eligible small businesses. The HUBZone Program can help with that, and by working with SBA and Maine Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) counselors to apply, Maine small businesses will receive quicker decisions from SBA’s HUBZone Program office.”
To learn more about the HUBZone designation, Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) and Maine PTAC are holding a workshop with James Pineau of the SBA Thursday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at the NMDC office in Caribou.
The workshop is free and open to any business owner or representative that wants to learn more about the program. Maine PTAC Business Counselor Dana Delano, will also present on what it takes to sell to government entities and opportunities that are available locally and outside the area.
Space is limited, and RSVP’s are encouraged. To register, contact Delano at or by calling (207) 521-1713.

NMDC Awarded Revolving Loan Fund Investment
CARIBOU — A $100,000 revolving loan fund is being established at Northern Maine Development Commission to assist small businesses in northern and eastern Maine.
United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development recently awarded $70,000 to the organization, to be matched with $30,000, to create a new pool of capital for entrepreneurs.
NMDC will also utilize its business development and counseling services to provide assistance to borrowers.
“As funding requests come in, applicants without a business plan or cashflow projections will be directed to Small Business Development Center Director Josh Nadeau for help with the completion of a business plan with cashflow projections,” said NMDC Executive Director Robert Clark. “Development of the business plan and cashflow projections typically only take a week or two weeks from the clients first meeting with the SBDC Director. Clients who already have the business plan and cashflow projections or who have them completed, will then meet with one of the loan officers who will use prudent lending practices to assist the borrowers with the rest of the application process and completion of a credit presentation.”
  The goal of the business finance division at NMDC is to create new jobs, retain existing jobs, and promote economic development for northern Maine. Staff members work with businesses, local banks, state and federal agencies, and other public and private funding sources to assist businesses with their financial needs.
NMDC currently operates 22 separate loan funds totaling approximately $12 million and administers nine separate loans funds for four communities totaling approximately $2.6 million. The repayment of the Rural Business Development Grant loans will be used as match for additional state and federal investments in NMDC’s loan pools.
In the past year, NMDC has provided loans totaling more than $1,684,000, resulting in 24 jobs created and 148 retained.     
For more information on loan options at NMDC, contact Julie Corey at 493-5767 or by email at


Dec. 6 Producer Business Skills Workshop
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum in Littleton. For more information, click here.
Dec. 7 HUBZone Workshop
10 a.m. to noon
Northern Maine Development Commission, Caribou.
For more information, contact Dana Delano at

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Featured Business
Clark's Variety
Inn of Acadia

A Houlton couple can now add business owners to their resumes after recently purchasing a Linneus convenience store. Clark’s Variety Inc., formerly known as Peg’s Place, is now owned by Daniel and Vanessa Clark.
Located on US Route 2A, this popular and well known convenience store is located at the Four Corners in Linneus, not far from the well-known Grammy’s Restaurant.
Daniel and Vanessa combined have more than two decades of experience managing various businesses in retail, service and the grocery industry.
Northern Maine Development Commission provided small business counseling to the couple prior to purchase and the NMDC Business Finance Division was essential in securing financing according to Clark.

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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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