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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NMDC/Aroostook Partnership Electronic Newsletter Archive

Municipal Return on Investment

Reports & Studies more...

> Aroostook County High Crash Locations
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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
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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2018 Update

>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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Click Here for a more complete listing of reports & studies.

Click on Image Below to Explore the St. John Valley Cultural Byway

What's New     Meetings/Events Calendar

Brain Gain Conference set for May 22 at UMFK
Fort Kent — A unique opportunity to explore ways to attract people to Aroostook County will take place in May at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Experts on attracting populations to rural America will be featured at the first ever Brain Gain conference at UMFK, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The event, organized by the Town of Fort Kent, UMFK and Northern Maine Development Commission, focuses on several different aspects of population attraction.
Ben Winchester of the University of Minnesota extension will deliver the keynote address. Winchester conducts research on topics relevant to community vitality. Currently, he is documenting a rural "brain gain" - the trend of 30-49-year-olds moving to rural areas - to identify the social and economic opportunities of this migration.
Also making the trip from the Midwest is Erik Osberg, a resident recruiter for Otter Tail County in Minnesota.
There will also be a panel discussion with five people who have moved to the St. John Valley recently.
Sponsors for the event include Fish River Rural Health, Acadia Federal Credit Union and Northern Maine Medical Center, Napa Roy Auto Parts, Paradis Shop’n Save and Maine Technology Institute.
To attend this conference, register at There is a $25 fee, which includes breakfast.
For more information, contact Jon Gulliver at, or by phone at 493-5851.

RFP Issued for Mowing Services 2019
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) in Caribou is soliciting proposals for summer lawn mowing and maintenance services. The selected Proposer would be expected to sign a contract for services from May 1st, 2019 to November 30th, 2020.
Proposals are due at the Caribou office by 3 p.m. on April 26, 2019.
The full RFP with required forms can be viewed here, or by contacting Judy Dinsmore via email at or by phone at (207) 493-5752.

NMDC is an equal opportunity employer/lender

Deadline Rapidly Approaching for Nominations for Aroostook's Entrepreneur of the Year
   AROOSTOOK COUNTY — The Aroostook Entrepreneur of the Year competition is back for 2019 and the nominations are now open.
    The Aroostook’s Entrepreneur – 2019 Award will be given to a business leader who demonstrates excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation and personal commitment to their business and community.
    Aroostook Partnership President Paul Towle said the competition is a way to promote business startups and expansions, as well as highlight successful business people in the region.
    “We need to expand the number of businesses we have in the region to help the existing businesses and one way of doing that is to promote entrepreneurship,” said Towle. “We want to take time to recognize the people that took the risk to create the businesses which contribute to our economy.”
    A panel of eight judges, one from each of the supporting organizations, Husson University, Northern Maine Community College, University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine at Presque Isle and four business representatives will select the finalists and ultimate winner.
    Nominations must be received by April 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. There is no fee for nominations and self-nominations are encouraged. Previous nominees are eligible to be nominated again. Program details and a nomination form are available for download at To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be the founder, owner, or manager of a private or non-profit company; be primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company or organization; and be an active member of top management.
    The nominees will be recognized, and the winner will receive a plaque and a check for $1,000 at a special recognition dinner tentatively set for the end of May at Northern Maine Community College. Second and third runners up will receive $500 and $250 respectively.
    Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the growth of the U.S. economy. Per the Small Business
Administration, small businesses provide 47.5 percent of all private sector jobs in the United States.
    This is the tenth time the Entrepreneur of the Year competition has been held in Aroostook.
    Last year’s winner was Michelle Hanson of Fredericks Southside and Mascoto’s Restaurants in Caribou. Other previous winners include Josh Rich of JL Rich Logging in Fort Kent, the Buck family and Maine Malt House in Mapleton, David Harbison of Bison Pumps in Houlton, Matt Bell of Northeast Pellets in Ashland, Northern Maine Distilling’s Jessica Jewell and Scott Galbiati (formerly of Houlton), Troy Haney of Haney Building Specialties in Caribou, Corey LaPlante of Northern Prosthetics in Presque Isle and Josh McLaughlin of J. McLaughlin Construction in Houlton.
    The Partnership also gives out a Vanguard Award to a successful entrepreneur who has a long-term track record of business excellence. In the past two years, Lois Dickson of Tempo Employment and David Gordon of Katahdin Cedar Log Homes were honored.
    For more information about the initiative, contact Towle at 551-6601 or

NMDC Begins Project to Develop Federally Designated Bicycle Route from Bangor to Fort Kent
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC), in conjunction with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), is working towards establishing a permanent federally designated bicycle route in northern Penobscot and Aroostook Counties.  The bike route designation would complement and connect to the existing US Route One Bike Route located in southern and Downeast Maine.
The proposed route would be located on existing state and local roads and/or existing bike and pedestrian trails in the region. It should be noted that there is no cost to the community for designation nor are there any additional maintenance requirements for the route.  All we ask is that, once designated, that communities and interested parties to help “keep an eye out” for missing or damaged signs.  As currently envisioned the US Bike Route will connect to the existing US Bicycle Route in Bangor and terminate at the international bridge in Fort Kent. The proposed route is approximately 320 miles.
The Northern Maine US Bike Route will be part of the United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS), which is the national cycling route network of the United States.  It will be part of the interstate long-distance cycling routes and will utilize multiple types of bicycling infrastructure, including existing off-road trails, bicycle lanes, and low-traffic roads.

Draft maps for the route are available for download below:

St. John Valley
Van Buren to Presque Isle
Presque Isle to Ludlow

Ludlow to Stacyville
Stacyville to Winn
Lincoln to Enfield
Enfield to Old Town
Old Town to Bangor

Additional maps will be added when completed.

For more information on the project or to participate, contact Kamm at or by phone at (207) 493-5757.


May 22

Brain Gain UMFK, Nadeau Hall
7:45 a.m to 12:15 p.m.


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
Access 89 Bar and Grill
Inn of Acadia

CARIBOU — If you travel Route 89 between Caribou and Limestone, you no doubt are familiar with Dodo’s Market. The convenience store has been in business since 1965 and has undergone some major renovations in the past couple of years, including the recent addition of Caribou’s newest bar and grill appropriately named, Access 89 Bar & Grill.
Entrepreneur Paul Morgan, who owns Dodo’s Market, and now Access 89 Bar & Grill, has invested considerable time and capital into transforming the former redemption Center into a full-service bar and grill.
Morgan said he saw an opportunity for further expansion since purchasing Dodo’s in 2016.
“The food service offered in the store has steadily increased over time,” said Morgan. “That fact along with the location of the store being on a main byway to the Loring Commerce Centre, where approximately 800 people travel to and work every day, it seemed to be a good business risk.”
Access 89 Bar and Grill has a total maximum capacity of 100 guests. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday are extended hours from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.


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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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