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

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
    • Peter Ellis, East Millinocket/Patten
      Chair, Owner, Ellis Family Market
    • Jutta Beyer, Mt. Chase
      Vice Chair, Town Manager of Island Falls
    • Deb Rountree, East Millinocket
      Secretary, Associate Academic Dean, Katahdin Higher Education Center
    • Gail Albert, Patten
      Town Manager Patten
    • Nate Richardson, Patten
      Owner, Richardson’s Hardware, Patten
    • Steven Richardson, Patten
      Chair of Katahdin Trust
  • Ex Officio Members
    • Lee Umphrey, Bangor
      President & CEO, EMDC
    • Amy Collinsworth, Millinocket
      Economic Development Director for the Katahdin Region, Katahdin Region Development Board & EMDC
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