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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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> 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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> Aroostook County Tourism Action Plan
Aroostook County Tourism announced the new 2011-2016 Northern Maine Tourism Action Plan.

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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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Entrepreneur of the Year Named
AROOSTOOK COUNTY — An eclectic mix of business people rose to the top of the 2017 Aroostook Partnership Entrepreneur of the Year competition, but a Fort Kent logging contractor topped them all.
Josh Rich, of JL Rich Timber Harvesting, was named the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year at an awards banquet at Northern Maine Community College Thursday, May 18.
Finishing as the first runner up was Bruce Sargent of Falcon Transportation in Presque Isle and in a tie for second runner up was Cameron Clark of Houlton of Cameron’s Lawncare and Chainsaw Carving and Peter Chase of Buildings Etcetera.
Aroostook Partnership President Bob Dorsey, who also served as one of eight judges in the competition, said the mix of small and large businesses shows just how diverse the economy of Aroostook County is and it doesn’t matter the size of the business if people have a drive to succeed.
Rich received a plaque, $1,000 award and a certificate for a free Employer U training at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Sargent received a $500 check and Clark and Chase each received $250.
Also at the awards ceremony, David Gordon of Katahdin Cedar Log Homes in Oakfield, was presented the inaugural Vanguard Award from the Partnership to honor a business with a proven track record of innovation, excellence and service to the economy of Aroostook County.
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 selected the ten finalists and ultimate winner earlier this month for announcement at the awards banquet.
The other finalists were Gordon; Bradley Frank, Big Cheese Pizza; Douglas Lerman, Ken. L. Electric; Paul Morgan, Dodo’s Market; Jonathan and Tristan Noyes, Gromaine; and Kevin Pelletier and Scott Colton, K-Pel and Fort Steel.

Free Government Contracting Workshop in Patten
PATTEN — Companies in the northern Penobscot and southern Aroostook areas looking to expand their business with federal, state and local opportunities are urged to attend a free informational session in Patten Thursday, May 25.
Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) counselor Dana Delano will explain what it takes to sell to the government. The workshop is sponsored by Northern Maine Development Commission.
 “Business owners looking to sell their products and services to government entities will learn how to register with the federal and state government, what the government is buying and much more,” said Delano. “With the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, there are many new opportunities for area businesses, but you will have to be registered to become a vendor with the federal government and understand the solicitation and bidding process”.
State, local and federal governments are a big consumer of products and services according to Delano.
“We want to assist local companies in obtaining these opportunities in order to grow their business,” he said.
The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, 61 Shin Pond Road, Patten.
To register, contact Delano at or call 521-1713.


May 19 Transfer Station Operators Training
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NMDC Boardroom Caribou.
May 25 Intro to Government Contracting
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Patten Lumbermen's Museum. For more info, contact Dana Delano at

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
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 - Toll Free in Maine 800-427-8736 - FAX: 866-493-1388
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