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), Aroostook Partnership, and Aroostook/Washington County Local Workforce Investment Board.

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>Aroostook County Transportation Survey 2015
Click here to download the results.

>#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.

> 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.

> 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
We find ourselves in precarious and uncertain economic times. Our financial system is in turmoil and this has sent ripples through the world 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.

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Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is seeking an experienced and energetic individual to direct the operations of NMDC’s Business Finance Division. The Director is responsible for oversight and management of NMDC’s commercial loan portfolio, contracted communities loan funds and compliance with state and federal grantor guidelines, policies and procedures.
The Director is responsible for generating new investments for capitalizing existing, and generating new, loan/investment programs. The Director provides management and support to NMDC’s Loan Review Committee and provides technical assistance and expertise to business loan clients.
Candidates for the Director position will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration highly desirable. Four to five years experience in managing commercial lending programs/departments, excellent communication skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel.
NMDC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefit package for the right candidate.
A complete job
description can be found here.

A letter of application, resume and 3 references will be accepted until 5:00 PM on December 11, 2015 however the position will remain open until filled.

Please send application materials to:

Mr. Robert P. Clark, Executive Director
Northern Maine Development Commission
PO Box 779
Caribou, ME 04736
NMDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Lender

Grower Input Needed on Agriculture Survey
We need your help in distributing an agricultural marketing survey out to growers and producers in Aroostook, Washington and Piscataquis counties. It will only take a few minutes and you could win a $150 gift certificate. Again it is for any farmer in the three county region. We are trying to link growers to additional markets to make the industry more profitable. 
Click here to complete survey.

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

Dec. 9 8:30 a.m to 10:00 a.m.
Government Contracting Workshop
NMDC Boardroom in Caribou. To register please contact Dana Delano at or by calling 521-5840.
Dec. 11 9 a.m to 10:30 a.m.
Aroostook Partnership Meeting.
NMDC Boardroom in Caribou.

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.

Visit the website for detailed information about this new initiative.

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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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