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Town of Fort Kent is Certified Business-Friendly
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) have approved the Town of Fort Kent as Maine’s newest “Certified Business-Friendly Community.”
Fort Kent joins 26 other Maine cities and towns that have earned “Certified Business-Friendly” status. Qualifying for the certification requires that a community achieve a heightened level of distinction in its regular dealings with job creators, including such things as first-rate customer-service, effective business collaboration, efficient and affordable licensing and permitting and active public input.
“Congratulations to the Town of Fort Kent on a job well done,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Fort Kent is committed to building and maintaining a strong economic base. The town has taken proactive steps to becoming a better partner with private industry through streamlined regulations and an overall open for business attitude. This approach not only makes Fort Kent more competitive, but all of Maine as well.”
“I am honored that Fort Kent has received this business-friendly recognition,” said Town Manager Donald Guimond. “Our goal is to build on Fort Kent’s growth and development and show that this honor is, in fact, well-deserved.”
The “Certified Business-Friendly Community” program, administered by DECD, encourages Maine municipalities to take a critical look at all areas of their business attraction strategy and examine ways the community interacts with businesses to promote new private investment. The Town of Fort Kent received its award based on some of the following factors:
• Adoption of a new comprehensive plan • Streamlined / more user-friendly permitting and regulatory process • Working collaboratively with business organizations, trade groups, educational institutions to promote economic development • Marketing of ‘America’s 1st Mile’ to attract new private investment and create brand identity • Successful use of revolving loan funds and tax increment financing to incentivize economic development
The “Certified Business-Friendly Community” program began in 2012. Since then, Maine’s list of “Certified Business-Friendly” communities has grown to include: Auburn, Augusta, Bath, Belfast, Biddeford, Brewer, Bucksport, Caribou, Cumberland, Ellsworth, Fairfield, Fort Kent, Guilford, Hermon, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Lincoln, Pittsfield, Poland, Presque Isle, Richmond, Saco, Sanford, South Portland, Topsham, Wells and Westbrook.
Each community is awarded a certificate of achievement, two MaineDOT road signs, and becomes a key part of Maine’s business attraction strategy.