U. S. Economic Development Administration Approves Maine Economic Development Districts

Governor Paul R. LePage today announced the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) approval of Maine's modified Economic Development Districts (EDD).

Maine's first Economic Development District was developed 44 years ago. Since then, Maine's regional economies have evolved and shifted with new economic development programs, and with significant economic clusters emerging over time. This modification recognizes the changes to the regions and will help the regional EDD organizations more effectively and efficiently accomplish their goals.

"The partnership between Maine and the U.S. Economic Development Administration is well respected. Maine's Economic Development Districts have evolved greatly over the past 44 years and I am pleased that this new realignment is now formally recognized," said Governor LePage.

The modified districts are: the Northern Maine Development Commission; Eastern Maine Development Corporation; Midcoast Economic Development District; Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments; and the Southern Maine Economic Development District, which was divided to establish the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission as a separate district.

The Maine EDD organizations play an important role as one of the many vital economic development partners of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

"DECD has a long history of partnership with the Maine EDDs," said DECD Commissioner George Gervais. "These regional development organizations are among the many key players supporting economic growth in our state. This realignment of districts will aid in the accomplishment of our mutual goals for economic development in Maine."