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Economic Development in the Katahdin Region

The Katahdin region is home to resilient communities, abundant natural resources, and innovative ideas that create opportunities for businesses, residents, and investors. In conjunction with the Katahdin Region Development Board, we collaborate with public and private partners to promote the community-based work that spurred from the closure of the former paper mills. Communities have dedicated time and resources to be fully engaged in creating an economically vibrant region; we build off of that work by coordinating efforts and fostering partnerships. With forest products, tourism, emerging technologies and education at the center of redevelopment in the Katahdin region, we provide strategic and individualized support to help you:

  • Expand, relocate or start a business
  • Invest in workforce training and development
  • Find lending and other funding streams for your business or municipality
  • Refer to partner organizations for additional resources
  • Provide counseling and technical assistance

To take advantage of these services, contact Michael Elliott, Economic Development Director for the Katahdin Region, at michael.elliott@katahdinregion.org.

This endeavor is funded by the Penobscot County Commissioners, thanks to revenue generated by the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and TIF funds. Our main office is located at the Katahdin Higher Education Center in East Millinocket. The Center has a long and impressive history in the region; for many years they provided access to resources, training and education to dislocated mill workers. Today it continues to play a vital role as a hub for community revitalization efforts, while still providing training and certification programs to connect people with jobs in Maine’s growing industries.

The Katahdin Region Development Board is

  • Directors
    • Mike Michaud, East Millinocket
      Chair, Former U.S. Congressman
    • Jeff Packard, Sherman
      Vice Chair, Office Manager, Upper Valley Economic Council
    • Deb Rountree, East Millinocket
      Secretary, Associate Academic Dean, Katahdin Higher Education Center
    • Peter Ellis, East Millinocket/Patten
      Owner, Ellis Family Market
    • Terry Hill, Mt. Chase
      Owner, Shin Pond Village
    • Dan Byron, East Millinocket/Patten
      President/CEO, East Millinocket FCU
    • Lisa McLaughlin, Medway
      Office Manager, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
  • Ex Officio Members
    • Lee Umphrey, Bangor
      President & CEO, EMDC
    • Michael Elliott, East Millinocket/Patten
      Executive Director for the Katahdin Region, Katahdin Region Development Board/EMDC
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    Towns & unorganized territories served

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    Workforce Development clients served

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