City of Sanford

On January 1, 2013, Sanford (including its Village of Springvale) became Maine's newest and 7th largest city. With just under 21,000 residents, Sanford is proof that a small, tight-knit community can maintain its home-town identity and quality of life while providing what business and industry need to thrive.

Sanford was awarded the state designation of Certified Business-Friendly Community in 2012 for a strong track record in manufacturing and its competitive business environment. Well-known companies like Tom's of Maine choose to operate here, and innovators like Maine Manufacturing and Flemish Master Weavers have thrived and grown exponentially here, even in the midst of a global economic downturn. Sanford's historic mill district is experiencing a revival with the opening of the newly renovated Sanford Mill, which offers a mix of business and residential space overlooking the Mousam River. Plans for an adjacent waterfront park add energy to Sanford's downtown renewal.

Sanford prides itself in its strong workforce and is investing in the workforce of the future, planning a $100MM high school and regional technical center which will be the largest project of its kind in the states history when it opens in 2017. York County Community College recently opened a new precision machining technology center here with three times as many students enrolled as originally expected. Discussions on expanding the schools curriculum have already begun.

Sanford offers a tremendous quality of life, including 22 miles of walking trails, baseball games at historic Goodall Park , and a lake in the center of the city where the local water-ski team practices. Sanford is home to an excellent hospital and a state of the art cancer care center, and is just a short drive from Maine's iconic coast and New Hampshire's White Mountains. Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport is a thriving hub, hosting more take-offs and landings than any other airport in the state, and offering easy access to over 600 acres of commercial land in the adjacent Sanford Industrial Parks. A visit to highlights how Sanford can help a business explore opportunities, create great products, and grow.

Sanford at a Glance...

  • New logo and tagline developed in 2013 (pictured below)
  • Sanford Mill, the first of Sanford's historic mills to be comprehensively redeveloped, celebrated its grand opening in 2013sanford2
  • Innovative land stewardship program with online zoning and codes guidance to streamline the permitting process, effective 2014
  • State funding approved for new $100MM high school and regional technical center, with completion planned for 2017

Business contact:

Name: Jim Nimon, Executive Director, Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council
Phone: 207-324-9155


Highlights from the review Team

  • Utilization of many programs at local, state and federal levels
  • Business-Friendly Meetings with City Manager are a positive feedback tool
  • Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council is an effective collaboration between Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce, City of Sanford and the Industrial Development Corporation to encourage business and workforce development
  • Establishment of YCCC Manufacturing Center is great for manufacturing sector and plans for a new integrated high school and technical center are critical for future economic growth