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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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What's New     Meetings/Events Calendar

Free Producer Business Training Workshop in Frenchville
FRENCHVILLE — Agricultural producers in the St. John Valley and those who would like to become producers can learn more about USDA Farm Service Agency loans and programs and get some basic business skills at the same time.
The free workshop Thursday, March 22 at the St. John Valley Technical Center in Frenchville from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., will highlight four elements of running a successful business and gaining access to valuable FSA programs.
This workshop will focus on business plans, cash flow projections, accounting methods and financial statements.
FSA officials will also explain federal programs and services designed to help producers gain access to FSA's popular loan programs.
For more information on this March 22 workshop, contact Alain Ouellette at 551-5837, or by email at
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.”

NMDC Assists Fort Kent Couple in Purchasing Business
FORT KENT — If you live and or work in the greater Fort Kent area you might notice a distinct difference on some of the garbage trucks driving around. That’s because Edgar and Laurie Pelletier of Fort Kent just purchased the longstanding business, Saucier’s Sanitation LLC, from Kenneth Saucier of Fort Kent.
Saucier’s Sanitation LLC serves about 1,000 residential and commercial customers in the greater Fort Kent area. The business has been around for well over 45 years and is one of the two major sanitation businesses in the area.
The father and son duo of Saucier’s Sanitation have passed the business onto Edgar Pelletier, a long-time mill worker at Twin River’s paper mill and Edgar’s wife, Laurie, a family visitor and lactation counselor at Fish River Rural Health. Pelletier plans to keep his employment with the mill as well as help to manage the overall operation while she will be handling most of the daily office duties. Both of Saucier’s current employees plan to stay with the company through its transition.
“I wanted to purchase the business for a few reasons,” said Pelletier. “I want to diversify myself and my income and I also want to provide a service to the community that I live and work in. The business also works well for me and my family and I hope that one day I can say I have a successful business that I could pass down on to the next generation if they are interested.”
The business will now be known as Pelletier Sanitation Inc. and its physical location is currently being constructed at 551 Violette Settlement Road in Fort Kent.
Pelletier Sanitation Inc. offers commercial and residential services, dumpster, trailer and roll off rentals and metal and card board recycling. Inquiries about service can be made by phone at (207) 834-6332, or by email at, or visit the company Facebook page.
When trying to decide where to start with the entire process of starting a business, Pelletier was referred to Josh Nadeau of the Maine SBDC at Northern Maine Development Commission.
“Josh listened to my request and worked hard for me, and with me, over multiple appointments to discuss the feasibility of the business venture as well as preparing me to approach a lender,” said Pelletier. “By the time I was done working with Josh I had everything I needed to approach a loan officer and increase my chances of obtaining a commercial loan. Meeting with Josh was invaluable.”
For more information about free small business advising and small business loans, contact Nadeau of NMDC at 498-8736 or by email at

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


March 22 Producer Business Workshop and FSA Information
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
St. John Valley Technical Center, Frenhville
To register click here.

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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
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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