COVID-19 Response

Throughout the pandemic EMDC has continued to support businesses, communities and people. We have pivoted to offer our services virtually. As a result, we’re meeting the economic crisis head-on by providing enhanced support to those who need it most.

Visit the Maine Helps website to learn how to support trusted businesses and non-profits in your community.

Lending Team,

Government Contracting - Maine PTAC Program Manager, Ken Bloch,

Additional Resources for Businesses

Funding - Director of Community Initiatives, Vicki Rusbult,

Planning - Planner, Anna Stockman,

Additional Resources for Communities - Director of Community Initiatives, Vicki Rusbult,

EMDC's Free Virtual Workshops

Puritan Medical Products is Now Hiring



Internet Access

Food Insecurity/Nutrition




Additional Resources for Workers

EMDC is part of a group that helps businesses grow through collaborative education, referrals, and personalized advising. Learn more on our website. BRP for Greater Bangor is:

  • 3/12/20: Taking into account the recommendations from Governor Janet Mills’ office, CEO Lee Umphrey sends a message to all staff giving them the option to work from home.
  • 3/16/20: Following recommendations from Governor Janet Mills’ office and the Maine CDC, CEO Lee Umphrey and Board Chair Commissioner William Shorey share protocols with our Board of Directors and staff.
  • 3/16/20: To keep our staff and clients healthy and safe, many staff are working from home; offices are closed to visitors; and meetings, workshops and events are postponed until further notice. We continue to provide services while we monitor recommendations and follow best practices.
  • 3/16/20: Businesses interested in government contracting  and current clients continue to to be supported by our Maine PTAC team through one-on-one counseling sessions via phone, email and video conference.
  • 3/17/20: Business lending clients who need assistance with their loans, and all businesses interested in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans, continue to be supported by our lending team.
  • 3/17/20: Job seekers and businesses continue working with our Workforce Development team.
  • 3/18/20: Communities continue to receive individualized assistance, comprehensive planning, and community/economic development activities through our Community Initiatives team.
  • 3/24/20: The Katahdin Region Development Board continues to assist businesses and communities.
  • 3/27/20: Community resources from USDA, comprehensive plans, and funding deadlines were featured in our Community Initiatives newsletter.
  • 4/1/20: Following Governor Mills’ Stay Healthy at Home Executive Order, CEO Lee sends an update to all staff.
  • 6/2/20: Soft reopening of 40 Harlow Street building.
  • 7/24/20: Protocols for use of 40 Harlow Street building following state and federal guidelines.

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