Community Development

EMDC has a long history of working with communities in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo counties to help define their future through thoughtful planning and careful investment in their assets.

Whether it’s developing a comprehensive plan, revitalizing a downtown or helping a community expand daycare facilities, EMDC is a resource for creating a sound and healthy environments. Our experience with community technical assistance for services like economic development, transportation and financing through CDBG state grants, fosters a regional approach to identifying regional solutions. We help lay the foundation for business attraction and expansion opportunities.

We work with our communities and businesses one at a time. We take the time to understand their needs and desires, combine the appropriate public and private resources and follow through to project completion. We understand that communities, just like businesses, have unique needs and solutions.

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Attention Communities:   Request for Proposals

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) has been awarded a planning grant from the State of Maine ConnectME Authority to launch a pilot project in four communities or partnership of communities supporting the expansion of digital capacity in Eastern Maine. This work will build on activities and planning EMDC and their regional partners recently completed through a strategic planning process, "Re-engineering the Region" that identified better broadband connectivity and adoption as essential to our region's growth and increasing employment/education opportunities.
This project will consist of the selection of four (4) communities (or a partnership of communities representing one application for a county), who are well-positioned to begin the digital planning process, building the necessary "template" to identify their next steps and to expand the model to other communities. Communities need to understand their gaps and best solutions before moving forward on a broadband expansion implementation plan. The final plan will include digital planning that incorporates infrastructure and the current capacity of digital literacy/training, gaps, and solutions to address the gaps.

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