50 Years, 50 Stories
Eastern Maine Development Corporation is celebrating 50 years of economic development in our region.
From mice on Mount Desert Island to wooden bats in Shirley Mills, from the Town of Millinocket to the Town of Searsport, and job seekers throughout the entire region, EMDC has been providing assistance, guidance, and support to individuals, businesses, and communities in Eastern Maine since 1967.
This year, we are releasing 50 diverse stories of our engagement. You will hear about businesses small and large, communities, job seekers, and even staff and alumni. Each story will provide a glimpse into the success of our region.
It's Our Region. Your Success. EMDC Can Help.
#1 Mason's Brewing Company: In early 2016, EMDC along with Katahdin Trust Bank, provided financing to Chris Morley to establish Mason's Brewing Company on the bank of the Penobscot River in Brewer. Read More.
#2 Darling's Auto: In 1985, EMDC partnered with Darling's Auto and their financial institution to help fund what is known as the "Sylvan Road Expansion" project in an area that is now a hub of auto dealerships, including Darling's Honda Nissan Volvo and Darling's Ford Volkswagen Audi. Read More.
#3 Our Katahdin: Starting in 2015, EMDC began an initiative funded by EDA called Re-Engineering the Region. This initiative, in response to the number of mill closures in the Penobscot Valley, had a goal of evaluating the region's economic opportunities. Read More.
#4 Technology to Businesses: In April, 1998, the Market Development Center, a division of Eastern Maine Development Corporation (and now known as Maine PTAC), was awarded "Project of the Year 1998" from the Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialists. The MDC received the award for the ISO 9000 Express, a joint effort between EMDC, the Maine Manufacturting Extension Partnership, and the Maine DECD. Access to ISO 9000 training opened new markets for small government contractors.
#5 1968 Mill Closures: The Penobscot Valley was hit with some devastating news in March 1968 when the Standard Packaging Corp decided to close its mills in Lincoln and Brewer. EMDC, then located at Brewer City Hall, was the lead in securing financial backing that saw the Brewer mill reopen as Eastern Fine Paper under a private local owners, Preco, Inc.
#6 Growing an Airport: In the early 1970s, EMDC worked closely with Bangor officials to obtain federal assistance to build domestic and international arrival terminals at Bangor International Airport. These new terminals went up across BIA at the end of Godfrey Boulevard, an artery built to access the terminals. EMDC helped Bangor to obtain EDA grants for the two terminals and secure supplemental funding for the project from the New England Regional Commission and Penobscot County. These terminals were imperative to the success of the troop greetings held at BIA since the early 1990's, putting BIA and Bangor on the map.
#7 Collaboration with EMTC: In 2000, EMDC along with Eastern Maine Technical College (now EMCC) received a $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Commerce's EDA to be used to support economic growth in the region. This grant provided funding to provide integrated training, education and economic develpment services as well as expand the current training facilities of EMTC.