Cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine
Together, the “Twin Cities” of Lewiston and Auburn have nearly 60,000 residents creating the second largest community in Maine. Centrally located, the area is served by a world-class fiber optic network, two railroads, the Maine Turnpike, and the third busiest publicly funded airport in the state.
Joined by the recreationally popular Androscoggin River, both cities feature walkable downtowns that serve as the focal point for community celebrations throughout the year.
Featuring five colleges with more than 6,000 students, L/A is also home to the Great Falls Balloon Festival, Dempsey Challenge, Lewiston Auburn Film Festival, and many other family friendly events enjoyed by the more than 786,000 Maine residents living within a one-hour drive.
Highlighted by two world-class hospitals, the community is home to Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble, General Electric, International Paper, McKesson, a Wal-Mart Distribution Center, and TD Bank. With a diversified employment base, leading employment sectors include health care, financial services, education, precision manufacturing, and warehousing/distribution/logistics.
Lewiston and Auburn have embraced hockey with a passion as two premier facilities offer multi and mixed use opportunities. The Androscoggin Bank Colise in Lewiston hosts the Portland Pirates of the AHL (America’s premier developmental hockey league). In Auburn, the Norway Savings Bank Arena will host tournaments, skating groups, and feature many youth, high school, and adult league hockey teams in Maine’s first state-of-the-art dual surface ice arena.
The cities also deliver a four season urban playground that includes one of North America’s greatest small mouth bass fisheries along the Androscoggin River. Enthusiasts of all skill levels can enjoy a variety of hiking, bicycling, boating, kayaking, golfing, and day and night skiing adventures.
By cultivating strategic growth opportunities and showcasing the vitality of the growing arts and cultural scene, the cities are in the midst of an electrifying revitalization. For more information call the City of Lewiston, City of Auburn, or Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council for customized service and attention.
City of Lewiston: www.lewistonmaine.gov
City of Auburn: www.auburnmaine.gov
L/A Economic Growth Council: www.economicgrowth.org
Name: Roland Miller, City of Auburn Director of Community & Economic Development
Phone: (207) 333-6601
Name: Lincoln Jeffers, City of Lewiston Director of Economic & Community Development
Phone: (207) 513-3000
Name: Lucien B. Gosselin, President of the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council
Phone: (207) 784-0161
Highlights from the review Team
- Economic Development Department very involved
- Significant use of TIF Districts as an economic development tool
- College for ME Androscoggin is an admirable program
- Extensive collaboration with City of Lewiston and Lewiston/Auburn Economic Growth Council
L/A at a Glance...
- Centrally located with airport, rail, highway access, and Foreign-Trade Zone #263.
- Low crime, low cost of living, and pro-business leadership.
- Two growing downtowns with high quality of living.