Our natural resources, dedicated workforce, and education hub create a business climate that fosters innovation. We continue our legacy of leading the forest products, agriculture and aquaculture industries by transforming to meet the needs of these changing markets. We identify and invest in other emerging industries that leverage assets and grow our regional economy.

Re-engineering the Region Report

This supply chain analysis offers a framework for strategies and initiatives that transform the region. After the reduction of pulp and paper mills and their employment, we explore new opportunities in the forest economy as well as sectors of opportunity including: Bioscience/Healthcare, Tourism, Composites and Boat Building, Construction and Skilled Trades, Agriculture/Aquaculture, Education, and Technology.

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  • Tourism/Hospitality

    Vacationland Inns

    Owners Allan and Leeanne Hewey work with our Maine PTAC and Workforce Services teams to find and win government contracting opportunities and implement training for employees who are the right match for their growing company.

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  • Construction
    Construction/Skilled Trades


    Celebrating 70 years, they are one of the most diverse employee-owned construction companies in the US. Employing over 4,000 people, the Cianbro Institute offers training programs that they leverage with EMDC’s On-the-Job Training to invest in their employees.

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  • Tourism/WholeOceans

    Whole Oceans

    Building one of the largest land-based aquaculture facilities in the world at the former mill site in Bucksport, EMDC joined ADAPT Bucksport to implement an area-wide and community-driven plan for development of the site.

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