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), and Aroostook Partnership.

Aroostook Washington
Economic Development District

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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 - 2016
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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> Aroostook County 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.

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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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*New* Regional Visitors Guide Request for Proposal
The Aroostook County Tourism Board of Northern Maine Development Commission seeks responses from qualified consulting firms in Maine to submit proposals in accordance with the terms of the RFP as presented on NMDC’s website and named as “Aroostook County Regional Guide: Request for Proposals”.
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*New* CGPZ Awards
   AROOSTOOK COUNTY — The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and Maine Association of Planners (MAP) are praising the Community Guided Planning and Zoning (CGPZ) initiative, which has resulted in a new Rural Business Development Zone in selected Unorganized Townships in Aroostook County.
   MAP has named the Rural Business Development Zone, a joint effort of the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) and Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC), project of the year.
   The first collaborative planning effort for the LUPC’s new CGPZ program created a new development subdistrict in the unorganized area of Aroostook County.  The zone encourages creation of new, and growth of existing, rural businesses in Aroostook County and is available to applicants through a streamlined re-zoning process. The planning group determined where the new zone should be available, and developed a performance-based approach to categorizing and locating different scales and types of rural businesses within the zone, which provides additional flexibility for business owners.
   NMDC also received a NADO Innovation Award for the CGPZ effort. The Innovation Award honors significant advances in community and economic development, including but not limited to small business finance, energy and infrastructure projects, housing and human services, sustainable development, workforce development, and more.
   In Aroostook County, NMDC staff and a citizen steering committee worked with the LUPC to develop new zoning opportunities and improve the business climate in the county.
   “Thanks to the hard work of the Steering Committee the creation of a D-RB zone was designed to should help encourage a range of small business in Unorganized townships while helping to maintaining rural character and avoiding significant impacts,” said NMDC Senior Planner Jay Kamm, who facilitated the CGPZ process.
   The Steering Committee was comprised of 15 members made up of residents, businesses, government officials, and environmental groups that had ties to Aroostook County’s Unorganized Townships. They met monthly for nearly two years to develop the product which was submitted to the LUPC Commissioners.
   “NMDC’s involvement in the CGPZ project was the result of recognizing the potential the Unorganized Territories in Aroostook County can bring to economic and community development by utilizing our regional assets such as forestry and tourism,” said NMDC Executive Director Robert Clark.

New Dodo's Market Owner Receives NMDC Assistance
   CARIBOU — If you travel Route 89 between Caribou and Limestone, you no doubt are familiar with Dodo’s Market. The convenience store has been around since 1965, but what you may not know is it is under new ownership.
   Paul Morgan of Fort Fairfield purchased the market last month, with assistance from the Business Finance Division of Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC).
   Morgan has already made significant changes to the business including adding a meat cooler with a number of different cuts of meat. He also has brought back the redemption center towards the far left of the building by popular request. Dodo’s will still be offering Roadies chicken but will have a wider variety of food items for sale as well including subs, sandwiches, pizza, and wine. The business is now open earlier in the morning and offers breakfast sandwiches as well. 
   “NMDC was a tremendous help in this business acquisition. They are a great asset to the county and I look forward to working with them again in the future,” said Morgan.
   Morgan started working in the grocery business about 25 years ago when he was just a teenager. His first job was as a bagger and stocker which he quickly progressed into the front end manager role that he held for approximately six years. His next job trained him as a meat cutter where he learned the trade for about three years and then moved on to work at Hillside IGA as the meat cutter and produce manager. In 1994, Morgan went to work for a cleaning company keeping both jobs simultaneously until he opened up his own cleaning business in 2004, called BP Cleaners. Morgan continued to cut meat during the day while working his cleaning business at night and on the weekends. His cleaning business has grown over the years and about two months ago Morgan left the grocery store to pursue his dream of working in his own business full time.
   “Paul was a pleasure to work with,” said loan officer Julie Corey. “His experience, business knowledge, people skills, and determination are all strong qualities Paul possesses. He is an extremely hard worker, and the acquisition of Dodo’s Market comes very well deserved. NMDC looks forward to working with Paul and both of his businesses in the future.” 
   For more information about free small business counseling and small business loans, contact Josh Nadeau, Small Business Development Center Director at NMDC at 493-5754 or by email at   

Nov. 2 Expand Your Business with Federal Small Business Programs Workshop
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Riverview Hall, Washington County Community Colllege in Calais.

Mobilize Northern Maine

Mobilize Northern Maine

Mobilize Northern Maine

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
JB Sheet Metal
Inn of Acadia

It looks a bit like chicken wire wrapped around a plastic bucket, but JB Sheet Metal’s lynx exclusion device is proving to be worth far more than that. In 2014, Maine Department of Inland Fishers and Wildlife (MDIFW) issued new regulations to protect lynx from accidental trapping. When Ken LeTourneau, Project Manager for Maine Manufacturers Extension Partnership (Maine MEP), saw the guidelines, he thought of Jeff Baker, owner of JB Sheet Metal in Caribou, who developed a prototype in only one month.

JB Sheet Metal has grown steadily since Baker opened it in 2014. “The heart of my business is ventilation, duct work, and HVAC,” he said. He and his employees make an oven that attaches to woodstoves, a portable toilet, and custom products, but nothing else like the lynx exclusion device.

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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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