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Maine’s Future Landscape: Development Models, Mapping & Opportunity Zones

Our holistic approach to economic development brings communities and strategic partners together to address specific needs. We then offer technical assistance that plans for, attracts and retains investment. Our partners at Highstead Foundation and Harvard Forest (Harvard University) anticipate the impacts of land development on ecosystems and economic prosperity through information and online tools. Acadia Capital Management generates investment through Opportunity Zones, boosting growing industries and creating sustainable jobs.

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A.D.A.P.T. Bucksport Executive Summary

The Town of Bucksport, in partnership with EMDC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has developed a community-supported vision and plan for the redevelopment of the former paper mill property in Bucksport. The realistic vision includes anchor tenant Whole Oceans, an enhanced port, community hub, walkway, and other plans that generate economic growth in Bucksport and throughout the region.

Executive Summary


Regional Economic Development Roadmap

This roadmap outlines how we developed a regional strategy that supports economic growth and stability, and created a workforce plan that supports retraining that is focused on growing industries.

Roadmap Development


Workforce Analysis

The analysis focuses on the need for a “reboot” to identify industries poised to become the new economic drivers in this region, and identifies workforce characteristics and workforce development strategies to support those industries.

Workforce Analysis


Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

EMDC’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) identifies goals and objectives for the Eastern Maine region that guide economic growth and regional resiliency. EMDC is designated by the U.S. Economic Development Agency to update the plan every 5 years. The result is a living document that is data-rich, and thoughtfully created with diverse public and private stakeholder input.

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