Maine Communities Seek Business Friendly Recognition

Augusta, Maine – There are many communities across Maine striving to enhance and expand business opportunities. In an effort to acknowledge each for their continued commitment to becoming business friendly, Governor Paul LePage is recognizing those cities and towns.

A total of 19 cities and towns from Aroostook to York County are the first to be potentially considered as a “Certified Business Friendly Community”. The Program was announced last month by Governor LePage which recognizes communities for following the Governor’s lead by understanding the importance of promoting job creation, reducing red tape and being “open for business”.

“The goal of the program is to encourage a business friendly climate in municipalities throughout the State and better position Maine for economic prosperity,” said Gov. LePage.

A review team will now begin looking at each community’s application to determine if that community is eligible to be recognized as “business friendly”. Multiple areas of criteria will be considered including customer service, business involvement and collaboration, input from the public and licensing and permitting. Each community will be evaluated on an individual basis. Communities deemed “Business Friendly” will be recognized by Governor LePage in May and will become a key part of Maine’s business attraction strategy.

These communities should be congratulated that they are taking a proactive approach to being considered business friendly, said Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner, George Gervais. “Our Department will work with any Maine community that wants to earn this designation; we want every Maine city and town to be business friendly.”

The 19 Maine communities being considered in this first round are: Augusta, Bath, Biddeford, Brewer, Bucksport, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gorham, Guilford, Houlton, Kennebunk, Lincoln, Pittsfield, Presque Isle, Rumford, Saco, Sanford, South Portland and Waterboro.