**NEW**Request for Proposal/Marketing and Public Relations
NMDC/Aroostook County Tourism is soliciting proposals from qualified marketing companies to assist NMDC/ACT staff in the creation of a Public and Media Relations Campaign.
The Maine Office of Tourism (MOT) Regional Marketing Grant for year 2016 contains all financial resources to be used for this project. Up to $20,000 will be available for Professional Public and Media Relations Campaign design work. These activities are being conducted as part of NMDC/ACT’s 2016 Regional Marketing grant program, which will remain in effect through June 30, 2016. The Public and Media Relations Professional will work under the direction of NMDC/ACT and will work in collaboration with NMDC/ACT staff, and the ACT Board. The Maine Office of Tourism (MOT) will be receiving reports on program activity throughout the duration of the grant.
The full RFP can be viewed here.
Please direct questions regarding this RFP to: Ken Murchison, Director of Tourism (207) 498-8736, 1-800-427-8736, or e-mail email@example.com.
Northern Maine Development Commission is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
New Visitor Guides Available
Just in time for fall leaf peepers to enjoy, the new Aroostook County Tourism (ACT) Visitors Guide is hot of the press and out for distribution in The County.
Usually the tourism guides are printed in early October, but this year tourism officials moved up the timeline so the publication would be available at for the Big E in Springfield, Mass, which started last week.
“The Visitor’s Guide contains information on all the wonderful things Aroostook County has to offer with topics including, but not limited to, cultural, historical, recreational, hunting, fishing, motorized and non-motorized activities, lodging, dining and events,” said Ken Murchison, regional tourism developer for Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC). “There is also some beautiful photography, courtesy of Mike Gudreau, Paul Cyr and other talented photographers in the region.”
The guide provides free general listings including the name, location, phone number and website of tourism related businesses. However, the guide also provides advertising opportunities for businesses who would like to capture the attention of a guide user who just might be flipping through the book.
Guides are available at NMDC in Caribou and are being delivered to chambers of commerce, hospitality businesses and advertisers over the next few weeks.
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 www.nmdc.org/planning/brownfields.html.mdc.org/planning/brownfields.
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.
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APP/LEAD Annual Meeting
Edmunds Conference Center Northern Maine Community College
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NMDC Executive Board
NMDC Boardroom in Caribou.