Northern Maine Development CommissionNMDC Office in Caribou.

Welcome to Northern Maine!

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) and Aroostook/Washington County Local Workforce Investment Board.

Aroostook Washington CountyAroostook Washington
Economic Development District

Learn more about NMDC
Upcoming Meetings with Agendascoming
Reports & Studies

> 2014-2015 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.

>#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.

> 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 - 2015
Welcome to the 21st annual Measures of Growth,
presented by the Maine Economic Growth Council
and the Maine Development Foundation. While
this report represents a departure in style from the previous 20 editions, it remains rich with information and data that provide a meaningful and valuable overview of Maine’s 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.
Click Here for a more complete listing of reports & studies.
What's New Archived Articles   Meetings/Events Calendar

**NEW** Brownfields Funding Available and New Videos
AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Funding is still available for Brownfield environmental site assessments in Aroostook County, but property owners, municipalities and others need to nominate sites for possible review.
A Brownfield is real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which, may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. EPA’s Brownfields Program assists states and local communities to assess, safely clean up, and reuse Brownfields for economic development projects.
Jay Kamm, Senior Planner at Northern Maine Development Commission, said there is funding left for both Phase I and Phase II assessments. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is a historical and record review of the property and a looks into the history of what the land has been used for in the past to see if any activities at the property could have caused on-site contamination. A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment, if needed, involves a more detailed examination of the property, such as ground water and soil sampling, to determine if contamination actually does exists on the property.
“This is all about closing the loop and getting these Brownfields identified, cleaned up and hopefully redeveloped,” Kamm said.
A Brownfield steering committee made up of realtors, bankers, health and environmental officials, ranks and scores the sites to see which properties are eligible for the Brownfield Assessment Program.
Municipalities or landowners that want more information are urged to contact Kamm at NMDC at (207) 498-8736. And to learn more about Brownfields, two new videos have been added to the NMDC Brownfields page at

EDA Planning Grant Awarded to NMDC
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award three Economic Development District Planning grants to Maine organizations totaling $210,000.
Northern Maine Development Commission, The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments and Eastern Maine Development Corporation will each receive $70,000 to help create an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy to support private capital investment and job creation in their respective regions.
“By supporting the establishment of regional economic development plans, these grants will help communities build roadmaps to attract investment, create jobs, and strengthen our regional economies,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement.
These EDA planning investments will support comprehensive economic development strategies (CEDS) for the three regions served by the Maine organizations.
The CEDS bring together public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies.
For Aroostook and Washington counties, this funding provides for NMDC staff time, in support of the Aroostook Partnership for Progress’ Mobilize Northern Maine process, which is the source for the CEDS strategies and focus.

Sept. 10 Noon to 2:30 p.m.
Loan Review Committee
NMDC in Caribou.
Sept. 10 3:00 p.m to 5 p.m.
NMDC Executive Board meeting
NMDC in Caribou.
Sept. 17 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m.
Maine PTAC Workshop-Understanding Bids: How to Read and Respond
Washington County Community College. Contact Dana Delano at 521-5840 for more information.

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.

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Inn of Acadia - Madawaska
Inn of Acadia
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Local Workforce Investment Board

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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