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Joint Executive Director

Currently taking applications for the following full-time position of a shared Executive Director with the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation.  Applications should be submitted by May 7, 2021.

Overview:   The Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation (MLREDC) and Destination Moosehead Lake (DML) have formed a strategic alliance to combine resources and collaborate on the contracting of an Executive Director to foster the growth and development of both organizations, while carefully maintaining the separate missions and identities of each organization.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Organizational Management and Leadership
    • Responsible for leading the organization in a manner that supports and guides each organization’s mission and vision as defined by the Board of Directors and as fulfilled through strategic planning, programs, and community outreach.
    • Maintain and develop systems, and effective use of resources to achieve goals and objectives.
    • Actively engages and energizes board members, staff, committees, volunteers, partnering organizations, funders, and former board and committee members.
    • Collaborates with industry organizations to create synergy for delivering programs to new and existing businesses.
  • Project and Program Management
    • Develops detailed project and program plans and documentation to monitor, escalate issues to the Board as necessary, track progress, and measure success using available best practices and technical tools.
    • Evaluates resource availability and allocation for successful projects and programs.
    • Meets budgetary objectives and adjusts the project or program constraints based on financial analysis, and schedule and cost changes.
    • Regularly evaluates program components, to measure success and communicate to the Boards, funders, and other constituents.
    • Provides technical assistance to support businesses growth.
    • Provides business site selection assistance for MLREDC clients for new development.
    • Promotes and processes Allen Family Growth fund revolving loan applications.
    • Oversees and manages the lease of Greenville Business Center.

        Financial Performance and Viability:

                   ° Develops and implements fundraising strategies that enable the organizations to         meet their financial goals and carry out their programs and operations that support their missions for long-term financial stability and sustainability.

  • Oversees the financial management of the DML in collaboration with Treasurer, bookkeeper, and accountants, to include submission to the Board a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Assists the Treasurer and financial consultant on MLREDC financial matters.
  • Assists in targeting funders and developing grant proposals and follow-up reporting.
  • Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing
    • Maximizes all communications platforms including social media, website, press releases, collateral materials, and advertising to create a strong Moosehead Lake brand.
    • Maintains knowledge of economic and community development, tourism and marketing developments and trends.
    • Oversees the development and execution of collateral materials, messaging and brand adherence on all media platforms using agreed upon marketing strategies, goals and objectives while tracking results using approved key performance indicators.
    • Serves as a central point of contact for businesses, developers, and economic development and tourism partners to promote efforts and projects for the Moosehead Lake area and acts as the primary spokesperson in concert with Board Chairs as appropriate for both organizations.
    • Responsible for the enhancement of the organizations’ image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations to build relationships and garner new opportunities.
    • Develops and implements a product development program for DML.
  • Board Relations and Management
    • Responsible for communicating effectively with each Board, and all committees, and provides in a timely and accurate manner all information necessary for the Board to function properly, make informed decisions, carry out their roles, and conduct meetings.
  • Builds DML board involvement through strategic direction within the context of regional and statewide tourism collaboration.
  • General Administration
  • Executes Board policies and oversees and attends Board and committee meetings as an ex-officio member as time allows and provides support as necessary.
  • Maintains official records and documents and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Builds and maintains a culture that attracts, keeps and motivates and recognizes a diverse staff and volunteer group committed to the mission.
  • Responsible for all staff job descriptions and keeps them current, for hiring, training, directing, evaluating, coaching and motivating a qualified and professional staff; and when necessary, dismiss staff.
  • Ensures volunteers are engaged and recognized for their work.

       Other duties as assigned by the Boards of Directors.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Daily interactions with staff, Boards of Directors, committee members, area businesses, owners, visitors, vendors, contractors, prospective new business owners, and volunteers.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS, LICENSING AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required, related field is beneficial.
  • Training or certifications in economic development, sales and marketing management, event management, tourism/hospitality and/or non-profit management beneficial.
  • At least three to-five (3-5) years of business management experience; maintaining and managing stakeholder relationships. Volunteer experience will be considered.
  • Appropriate, valid, state-issued driver’s license, or ability to obtain upon hire, is required.
  • Industry specific certifications beneficial.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

POSITION COMPENTENCIES 

  • Communication – Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.
  • Decision Making/Judgment – Recognizes problems and responds, systematically gathers information, sorts through complex issues, seeks input from others, addresses root cause of issues, makes timely decisions, can make difficult decisions, uses consensus when possible, and communicates decisions to others.
  • Initiative – Identifies problems and takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.
  • Job Knowledge – Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary job knowledge, has necessary technical skills, understands company mission/values, keeps job knowledge current, and understands critical issues.
  • Listening Skills – Listens attentively to others, asks clarifying questions, actively listens, stays open to other viewpoints, manages distractions and interruptions.
  • Problem Solving/Analysis – Breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues, can simplify and process complex issues, understands the difference between critical details and unimportant facts.
  • Results Focus – Targets and achieves results, sets challenging goals, prioritizes tasks, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets team standards and responsibilities, provides leadership/motivation.
  • Sales and Marketing Skills – Has experience and/or training in the principles, processes, methods, and practices involved in showing, promoting, and selling services, locations, and memberships.
  • Strategic Planning Skills – Understands the fundamentals and values of strategic planning.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

           ° Other duties as assigned by the Boards of Directors.

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Sam’s Small Equipment: first loan approved by Allen Fund

GREENVILLE— The Moosehead Lake Economic Development Corporation (MLREDC) is proud to announce the approval of its first Allen Family Growth Fund loan to Sam’s Small Equipment, which will be focused on supporting the strong demand in the small engine sales, service, and repair industry in the Moosehead Lake Region. The newly formed company, owned by Samuel Murray, will utilize the funding to purchase inventory, tools, equipment, as well as office setup. Funds will also be used to cover the initial start-up costs associated with businesses, such as insurance coverage, lease/rent of space, and signage. Sam’s Small Equipment will be located in Moosehead Center Mall in Greenville and plans to be open for business this spring.

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Link to Winter Newsletter

Here’s the Link to the Winter Newsletter in case you were having trouble opening the 6-page document: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:c2199da1-0917-45e6-b79c-c1da0c3d493f

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MLREDC Announces Allen Family Economic Growth Fund

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Allen Family Economic Growth Fund a Catalyst for Greenville

The Allen Family Economic Growth Fund (Allen Fund) is a program of the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corp (MLREDC). Its objective is to serve as a catalyst for entrepreneurial business development in the Moosehead Lake Region by providing small grants and loans to qualified people and businesses that support both the start-up of new business enterprises and the growth of businesses. The fund was begun by Telford Allen III and his grandmother Charlotte - see photo - who had a deep abiding love of this area. The primary focus of the funding will be to support sustainable new ventures and the creation of quality jobs. It is intended to be a self-sustaining fund. Business Micro-grants The MLREDC will provide grants in the amount up to $2,500 to qualified individuals to support business start-up operations, such as business planning, market research, legal filings, etc. The grant program would seek a 1-to-1 match of other funds. Loans The MLREDC will provide low-interest rate loans (2-4%) in the amount up $50,000 to qualified businesses desiring to start-up and grow their business operations and add jobs. Funds can be utilized for working capital, equipment purchases,leasehold improvements, marketing, etc., that are directly related to business growth and expansion. Loans over $10,000 may require a match and a job creation requirement. Program Administration The Allen Fund will be administered by the MLREDC. Applications will be available on our website Once received and deemed complete, a credit check will be conducted, and the applications will be reviewed by the MLREDC loan committee. Upon approval, funds will be disbursed to the applicant. Loan payments will be accounted for by the MLREDC Finance Department. Inquires and Questions Questions about the program can be emailed to mooseheadlakeedc2020@gmail.com 

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Public Information Session Spruce Street Housing Development

The Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation (Moosehead Lake EDC) will be holding a public information session on a proposed workforce housing development on Spruce Street at 6:00 pm on January 21, 2021 via Zoom. Last fall, the Moosehead Lake EDC acquired a 5.5-acre parcel of land from Coastal Enterprises,Inc. (CEI) with the intent of partnering with the development community to build much needed housing, which can be affordably purchased by people in the local workforce. This planned development, originally proposed by CEI, had been approved by the Town of Greenville in 2010. However, given the time passed. The subdivision plan would need to be re-approved by the Town of Greenville’s Planning Board. The purpose of this meeting is to review the existing plan for the property and solicit your opinions as to what the future plan would look like. Below, note the Zoom address to access. We look forward to your input. To join the meeting go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87217646041?pwd=OWZDdGJqRXg5S3Ryb3JLNHJiaGw0UT09 The Meeting ID is: 872 1764 6041 and the Passcode is 677878. If you need to find your local number visit https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kN9LS93GS

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Monthly Covid update via Zoom

The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development and Commissioner Heather Johnson will host a monthly COVID-19 update. The next update is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4 at 3:30pm. If you have already registered, there is no need to re-register. You may register once and attend any of the scheduled occurrences. You will be able to submit questions using the Q&A feature during the update. If you have not registered, please use the following link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XXSSEjAQQXKvv3TtVbY9BA.   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Dove Tail Bats scores winning run in World Series

​Congratulations to Theresa and Paul Lancisi, owners of Dove Tail Bats in Shirley, Maine. Their bat drove in the winning run for the Tampa Bay Rays - helping them win Game 4 in the World Series on October 24, 2020. What a play!!!!

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Moosehead Lake EDC to build new homes in Greenville

GREENVILLE— The Moosehead Lake Economic Development Corporation has acquired a 5.5 acre parcel on Spruce Street in Greenville for the purpose of developing approximately 20 homes for purchase by local residents. Recognizing that affordably priced housing for the workforce is a critical element to supporting the economic growth in our Region, the Moosehead Lake EDC made the decision to acquire the property and to seek a development partner to help address this need. Based upon our assessments, there is a significant shortage of affordably priced homes for people who work in our community. The subject property on Spruce Street was originally acquired by Coastal Enterprises, Inc. as part of the Plum Creek Development Plan project.  Subsequently, they received approval by the Town of Greenville for a 17 lot subdivision with the intent of creating workforce housing.  However, due to several factors, including the economic slowdown, they were unable to make that plan work.  As a local entity, the Moosehead Lake EDC is in a much better position to realize this original vision. The next step is to secure a qualified development partner who can help us build a very nice new neighborhood in Greenville, with homes that can be affordably purchased by local residents.  This project is not intended for vacation homes or seasonal rentals. To keep these units affordably priced, we plan to work with the Maine State Housing Authority and others to facilitate infrastructure improvements, as well as the availability of low interest rate home loans.  Because the original subdivision plan is now over ten years old, we will also need to renew that process. For additional information contact Steve Levesque at 207- 841-9955.

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Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program

Maine’s Path to Recovery

In addition to the threat to public health, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the global business environment, causing severe supply-chain disruptions, reduced consumer spending, and unprecedented losses that are felt across all sectors.  U.S. industries are no exception, with hospitality, tourism, retail, restaurants and bars, entertainment, manufacturing and countless others facing a host of new challenges and barriers that disrupt operations and impede growth. Here in Maine, the closure of the Canadian border, the stoppage of cruise ships, and reluctance of people to travel have impacted our economy, from agriculture to fisheries, to retail, recreation and hospitality sectors. Commissioner Heather Johnson and Business Development Manager Jonathan Poole for an informational webinar on the Economic Recovery Grant Program. required to apply for this grant program and will give you an opportunity to ask questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register for an Informational Webinar

Join the Department of Economic and Community Development’s

This informational session will provide you with the information

The State of Maine plans to use CARES Act relief funding to help our economy recover from the impacts of the global pandemic by supporting Maine-based businesses and non-profit organizations through an Economic Recovery Grant Program. The funding originates from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and will be awarded in the form of grants to directly alleviate the disruption of operations suffered by Maine’s small businesses and non-profits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development has been working closely with affected Maine organizations since the beginning of this crisis and has gathered feedback from all sectors on the current challenges. Many Maine businesses and non-profits have not been able to access existing sources of relief funding and so have “fallen through the cracks” and need help in order to remain viable. Some of these businesses are from sectors hardest hit from the global pandemic, including those who remained closed for longer periods of time, businesses that have not yet re-opened, businesses that rely on seasonal cash flows, and businesses with decreased revenues due to declines in consumer spending or declining global markets. This program is not meant to be exclusive and acknowledges that nearly every industry sector in Maine has experienced a decrease in revenue. The money available for these grants cannot wholly replace or repair the economic damage this pandemic has caused. Our narrow mission is to ensure that each dollar has at least a small, direct impact on supporting Maine businesses, Maine non-profit organizations, and Maine’s economy.

Program Goals

This program provides grants for businesses and non-profit organizations that demonstrate a need for financial relief based on lost revenues or expenses related to the disruption of business operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be distributed based on a business’s/organization’s demonstrated losses as a pro-rated percentage of the total losses reported by qualified applicants. The program is not intended to replace lost profits but only to help businesses remain viable. This program is intended to assist in the stabilization of Maine’s economy and accelerate the transition from short-term relief to regaining our state’s focus on Maine’s 10-year Economic Development Strategy, anchored in talent and innovation.

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Maine Biz presents Virtual Forum August 18 & 19

The Small Business Virtual Forum |Aug 18 & 19 A two-day virtual forum for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. Mainebiz brings together Maine’s best professionals to share their expertise, insight, knowledge, and experience on a variety of topics that business owners and managers need to know. This year we will be hosting a two-day virtual forum for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses.  A portion of ticket sales will be donated to: Small Business Recovery & Relaunch Initiative  Day 1 ~ August 18, 2020  

  • 2:00 PM | Webcast

The CEO/Business Owner Panel | Five Things You Need to Know Mainebiz has invited five CEOs from the Maine small business community to share their experience on “Five things you need to know to start up or run a small business”  Each panelist will discuss one thing you need to know to be successful.   Day 2 ~August 19, 2020  

  • 10:00 AM | Webcast

Finding the funding to fuel your startup or small business ~ Hear from our panel of experts as they discuss what resources there are for grants, loans, investments, and other financing. Learn about what kinds of loans and funding you should consider and how to talk to your lender.    

  • Noon | Keynote Interview

Senator Angus King Interviewed by Peter Van Allen, Editor of Mainebiz Grab your lunch and join Senator Angus King, as he talks to Mainebiz editor Peter Van Allen on the economic landscape for startup and small businesses in Maine, and what the state and federal government offers for resources and support. 

  • 2:00 PM | Webcast

Commercial real estate 101 ~ Panel of experts will help you understand how to lease or buy commercial real estate.  Do you understand zoning options, types of lease terms, is leasing or buying a better option for you, and how to negotiate with landlords, developers?  How can the economic development offices help you? What are the top key things you need to know before investing or growing your business? For more information, visit them online at https://www.mainebiz.biz/mainebiz-events/2020-small-business-forum    

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SUMMER 2020 NEWSLETTER

It has been a busy year for the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation (MLREDC); as we have been working diligently on a number of exciting short and long-term projects that benefit the Moosehead Lake Region. The following are some of the major projects and initiatives we are currently engaged with, as well as other noteworthy economic activities occurring in our region.

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Land for Greenville’s Future

On November 19, the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program Board voted unanimously to allocate $105,000 to the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation’s (MLREDC) project to acquire the last remaining greenspace in downtown Greenville to conserve it as a permanent public park with direct access to Moosehead Lake for everyone to enjoy.

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Discussion in Greenville, Governor Mills & Business Leaders Focus on Improving Rural Maine’s Economy

During Discussion in Greenville, Governor Mills & Business Leaders Focus on Improving Rural Maine’s Economy November 14, 2019 Governor Janet Mills today hosted a rural economic development discussion at Blair Hill Inn and Restaurant in Greenville that brought together business owners, economic development leaders, and local lawmakers to focus on ideas and strategies to foster economic growth in rural Maine.

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CAMPAIGN FOR A WATERFRONT PUBLIC PARK IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE REACHES 40% MARK

Two corporate foundation grants have catapulted the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation’s campaign for a waterfront park in downtown Greenville over the $100,000 mark.

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Moosehead Economic News: Spring 2019

Moosehead Economic News: Spring 2019 Welcome to Moosehead Economic News, the newsletter of the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation (MLREDC). The purpose of this newsletter is to inform the public of the economic happenings in the Region, and there is a lot happening!

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Moosehead Economic News: Taking Care of Business - June Newsletter 2018

Welcome to Moosehead Economic News, the periodic newsletter of the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation (MLREDC). 

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Jetsetter Magazine names Blair Hill as one of the Most Romantic Lake Hotels

​Jettersetter Magazine It was on the shores of a lake that the transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau produced his most famous work, Walden. Another loch is the backdrop for a pivotal scene in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. But the truth is that lakes, with their pristine waters and sheltered forest locations, capture more than just the intellectual’s imagination. Here, we round up nine of America's best lake hotels that offer simple pleasures for active types and relaxation seekers alike. Drive an hour-and-a-half drive northwest of Bangor, and you land at Blair Hill Inn – a restored Queen Anne Victorian home on a commanding hilltop overlooking Moosehead Lake

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Libra Foundation launches significant investment in Piscataquis County

​As reported in MaineBiz The Libra Foundation is making a significant investment in Piscataquis County, initially focusing on acquiring and developing several vacant properties in Monson.

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Expanded Northwoods Healthcare opens its doors

​Reported in the Piscataquis Observer A new $3 million facility bringing services such as radiology, phlebotomy and behavior health to the area, doubling the number of exam rooms from seven to 14 and providing for greater patient privacy opened its doors on April 25. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital’s Northwoods Healthcare new clinic at 22 Haley Court formally dedicated the facility that afternoon.

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Wilsons on Moosehead Lake honored as state’s top family owned business

​Reported in the Piscataquis Observer BIG MOOSE TOWNSHIP — Located on the western side of the lake and known as the longest, continuously operated sporting camp in Maine, Wilsons on Moosehead Lake was recently recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The establishment and its owners Alison and Scott Snell — who is a Master Maine Guide — were named as the organization’s 2017 Maine Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year and the couple will be receiving the honor on May 15 at the Maine Small Business Awards in Freeport.

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Moosehead Lake Brand Leadership Team news

The Moosehead Lake Brand Leadership Team recently held a committee meeting. The team has been busy and there are many exciting things coming this spring and summer.

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Moosehead Lake Region offering new trails, outdoor adventures and challenges

​Reported in the Bangor Daily News The community in the Moosehead Lake Region is banding together to showcase the area’s many natural resources and make outdoor recreation more accessible to visitors. A number of collaborative projects are underway, bringing together area businesses, organizations and state agencies in an effort to improve area signage, mapping, trails and other outdoor resources for the public.

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Appalachian Mountain Club sets July opening date for Medawisla Lodge and Cabins

Reported in the Piscataquis Observer The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is set to re-open Medawisla Lodge and Cabins July 1 following a major two-year reconstruction project.

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Wayfinding system will help visitors and residents enjoy the Moosehead region

Reported in the Piscataquis Observer GREENVILLE — The Moosehead Brand Leadership Team and Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation have announced the installation of phase one of the Moosehead Lake Wayfinding Project.

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“Wilderness and a Way Forward” - Bangor Daily News

Insightful article written by Reporter Matthew Stone and published in the Bangor Daily News. A must read!

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CMP Partners with Moosehead Lake Region EDC to Light Crafts Landing Park

GREENVILLE— The Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Committee (MLREDC) is delighted to announce a gift of $25,000 from Central Maine Power (CMP) to fund lighting for the Crafts Landing Park in Greenville. This gift will ensure visitors and locals are able to enjoy the park after the sun sets, which is key to the success of the MLREDC’S downtown revitalization efforts In Greenville. 

Plans for the park also include a paved plaza with an informational kiosk, as well as plantings of native shrubbery and flowers. The lit walking path with strategically placed benches will add to the enjoyment of all who visit. There are also plans to add docking slips for boat traffic, enhancing the experience of visitors and locals alike who prefer traveling by boat to downtown Greenville in the warmer months.

“This park was envisioned in the Downtown Master Plan commissioned by the Town of Greenville”, MLREDC President Steve Levesque said in an interview in May of this year. “It is part of our effort to help revitalize downtown, drawing more folks to the downtown from around the lake to shop, bank, dine, or enjoy musical performances, as well as arts and crafts events, community celebrations, or simply relaxing time at the shorefront.”

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GoFundMe page launched for Crafts Landing Park

​We have launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to complete Crafts Landing Park, a public park right in East Cove on Moosehead Lake - and East Cove is right downtown so there are many accessible amenities. The area with contain free parking for watercraft on the to-be-installed waterfront docking and paths will wander through the green space with plantings and benches to sit on. Here is the link: e: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-finish-craft-landing-park?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1 If you are able, please donate, otherwise sharing is a great way to get the word out. Thank you so much!

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MLREDC Winter Newsletter

​Enjoy our Winter Newsletter. Despite the Covid situation, many good things are happening here in the Moosehead Region.

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Grant Package for COVID-19 Grant & Loan Programs

The new stimulus package offers relief to businesses in the form of paycheck protection, loans, grants, and other programs. Many business owners find it difficult to navigate the options, often questioning which avenue is best, or if more than one option can be utilized. The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council has partnered with MaineStream Finance, the Piscataquis and Katahdin Region Chambers, and Destination Moosehead Lake in the creation of a grant prep packet, and NOW, a ZOOM call on FEB 4th at 3pm to discuss these resources in detail and answer your questions. Joining us on the call will be reps from local SBA lending institutions, including Bangor Savings Bank, Camden National Bank, and Machias Savings Bank. We will also hear details about the Community Development Block Grant, and resources offered through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Please call us or email with any questions! Georgia Underwood or John Shea Executive Director———207-564-3638

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Piscataquis County Economic Development Corporation put together a Prep Packet for grant & loans

As you may have heard, the New Cares Act Package will include a new round of funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and EIDL loans. The Piscataquis County Economic Development Corporation has put together a Prep Packet for upcoming Covid-19 Grant and Loan programs. Grant Prep Package for Upcoming COVID-19 Grant & Loan Programs: PACKET FOR GRANT PREP Though they are still waiting on details, they have put together a GRANT-PREP PACKET with information on exactly what you will need to do NOW to be ready to apply for these and other funding opportunities when they go live, with links that will take you directly to their respective pages. This packet was created through a collaboration of the Piscataquis and Katahdin Chambers of Commerce, MaineStream Finance, and the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council. Please Call PCEDC or email them with any questions or, if you have any problems accessing the link! Georgia Underwood (georgia.underwood@pcedc.org)or John Shea Executive Director (john.shea@pcedc.org) 207-564-3638 Piscataquis County EDC: visit www.pcedc.org

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The Land Use Planning Commission has begun a regional planning project in the Moosehead Region

Naomi Kirk-Lawlor, Senior Planner with theLand Use Planning Commission (LUPC) of Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced they have launched their Moosehead Regional Planning Project website: https://moosehead-lake-region-cgpz-maine.hub.arcgis.com.  This will provide an opportunity for people to sign up for their email list which will be devoted to the project. The Commission will also be putting out a survey for everyone to write about their experiences Moosehead area, how they feel about this rare and beautiful part of the world. LUPC is currently in the beginning stages of this exciting Moosehead Region Planning Project.  According to their website, “The Commission is currently gathering input and comments from stakeholders in order to create several ‘Discussion Maps,’ hypothetical zoning maps that will be used to prompt community discussion during public meetings in the Summer of 2021.” You can stay informed by visiting their website to find out more.

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Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation honored by GrowSmart Maine

Smart growth is a common-sense concept that helps communities welcome — and manage — growth while still maintaining their historic feel and natural beauty. GrowSmart Maine’s third annual Smart Growth Awards not only recognizes the diverse activities that contribute to smart growth but serve as real-life illustrations of the benefits it can bring. This year’s winners showcase bold yet practical solutions to such challenges as the need for affordable housing, rebuilding downtowns, reducing sprawl and conserving land for public use. They also showcase two Mainers who have contributed both regionally and statewide to building a better Maine. The 2020 winners include the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation for “Demonstrable Commitment to Smart Growth.” The Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with a broad range of public and private community stakeholders, designed and implemented a plan for the region; a regional master plan, strategic regional action plans. The plan embodies the principles of Smart Growth and have already led to many tangible accomplishments: wayfinding infrastructure, free downtown Wi-Fi hot spots, a visiting artists’ colony, a summer music series and broad-scale village beautification projects. In the region’s village centers, these changes have already begun to catalyze increases in the number and variety of unique shops, restaurants and businesses operating on ground floors, with residents living on upper floors. Most recently, the organization acquired a major, in-town, waterfront property with a vision to form strategic partnerships and develop this property consistent with the Greenville Downtown Plan. Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation’s many accomplishments serve as a model of how smart growth and community vitality can be achieved in rural Maine communities.    This year’s judges were Maureen Drouin, executive director of Maine Conservation Voters; Chuck Lawton, retired economist; Paul Schumacher, executive director of the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission; and Gwen Hilton, commissioner of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission. GrowSmart Maine is an independent statewide non-profit, funded by member contributions and private and public charitable grants. Launched in 2018, GrowSmart’s Smart Growth Awards are designed to recognize all the diverse activities that contribute to smart growth and to serve as real-life illustrations of the benefits it can bring. The awards showcase the kind of projects, plans, and policies that support smart growth in all its diversity, whether it’s a plan for a walkable and inclusive village center, a development that is affordable and sustainably built, a successful new transit endeavor, or a community-supported adaptation to climate change that safeguards the built or natural environment. Thanks to Ethan Boxer-Macomber and GrowSmart Maine for this Press Release.  

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Eastern Maine Development Corporation awarded funding for investment loans

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) has been awarded $2.8 million in federal funding to leverage private investment and generate capital for businesses in Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties. The funding is awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration’s Revolving Loan Fund, as part of the CARES Act Recovery Assistance to respond to the pandemic.

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Landscaping for Crafts Landing and Park postponed until next spring

GREENVILLE— This past June, the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation (MLREDC) spearheaded the establishment of a waterfront park in downtown Greenville. The property, located on Lakeview Street with beautiful views of East Cove is now named Crafts Landing and Park, with a nod toward the Crafts family, whose history has been indelibly intertwined with the town of Greenville for well over a century. None of this would have been possible without the cooperation of previous landowner Earl (EJ) Richardson, Jr and MLREDC’s partnership with the Land for Maine’s Future Program, the Forest Society of Maine, the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council as well as more than 100 interested individuals, businesses and foundations who helped to make this park a reality. walking path with strategically placed benches will add to the enjoyment of those that visit. When funding is complete, there are also plans for a dock system, which will enable both motorized and non-motorized watercraft and seaplanes to have access directly to downtown.

Plans for the park include a paved plaza with an informational kiosk, as well as plantings of native shrubbery and flowers. A

 Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and other considerations, the plans for landscaping have been put on hold until next spring. “We were not able to do the plantings as we had originally thought,” said Margarita Contreni, Vice President of the MLREDC. “After meeting with Steve Doe, (Landscape Architect, Senior Project Manager at Sebago Technics, Inc.) a few weeks ago and discussing the finalization of plans and details to provide to contractors, we found realistically we had run out of time for this season.” she said. “We will be announcing a request for bids from contractors later this month.”   As it turns out, the town of Greenville has plans of its own to work on Lakeview Street, plans which probably will include tearing up the pavement, grading and resurfacing the road. This could potentially create a better solution for getting electric to the property and possibly allow a contractor to run wiring under the road instead of from the pole across the street. As things unfold next year, the MLREDC will continue to keep citizens of Greenville and interested parties undated on the exciting progress at Crafts Landing and Park.

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Maine Biz presents Virtual Forum August 18 & 19

The Small Business Virtual Forum |Aug 18 & 19 A two-day virtual forum for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. Mainebiz brings together Maine’s best professionals to share their expertise, insight, knowledge, and experience on a variety of topics that business owners and managers need to know. This year we will be hosting a two-day virtual forum for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses.  A portion of ticket sales will be donated to: Small Business Recovery & Relaunch Initiative  Day 1 ~ August 18, 2020  

  • 2:00 PM | Webcast

The CEO/Business Owner Panel | Five Things You Need to Know Mainebiz has invited five CEOs from the Maine small business community to share their experience on “Five things you need to know to start up or run a small business”  Each panelist will discuss one thing you need to know to be successful.   Day 2 ~August 19, 2020  

  • 10:00 AM | Webcast

Finding the funding to fuel your startup or small business ~ Hear from our panel of experts as they discuss what resources there are for grants, loans, investments, and other financing. Learn about what kinds of loans and funding you should consider and how to talk to your lender.    

  • Noon | Keynote Interview

Senator Angus King Interviewed by Peter Van Allen, Editor of Mainebiz Grab your lunch and join Senator Angus King, as he talks to Mainebiz editor Peter Van Allen on the economic landscape for startup and small businesses in Maine, and what the state and federal government offers for resources and support. 

  • 2:00 PM | Webcast

Commercial real estate 101 ~ Panel of experts will help you understand how to lease or buy commercial real estate.  Do you understand zoning options, types of lease terms, is leasing or buying a better option for you, and how to negotiate with landlords, developers?  How can the economic development offices help you? What are the top key things you need to know before investing or growing your business? For more information, visit them online at https://www.mainebiz.biz/mainebiz-events/2020-small-business-forum    

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Small Business Loans available

There is a new grant program available in Maine for small businesses that may be helpful for those in the Moosehead Lake Region. The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Eligibility criteria include: · Must be a Maine business · Must demonstrate a revenue loss as a direct consequence of COVID-19. Funds cannot duplicate those received from other federal, state or local programs (including other CDBG funds). · Must have five or fewer employees including the owner(s) · Must have a DUNS Number, which can be obtained here. · Owner's household income must be low/moderate as defined by HUD as verified by 2019 tax return. More details here. How to Apply?

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Meet the Board

​President, Steve Levesque Steve Levesque is the current president of the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation. He has been involved with the MLREDC since its inception in 2013. Steve has been a part-time resident of Greenville for nearly ten years and plans to make it his permanent home in two years, upon his retirement. Steve was born and brought up in Maine and is passionate about the state. He has devoted the past 30 years of his career to helping grow Maine’s economy and to creating vital sustainable communities.

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Expansion of Public Wi-Fi System

Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation has expanded the public Wi-Fi system in Downtown Greenville and extended it to Greenville Junction.

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Moosehead Lake Region Information Kiosks Installed

Information Kiosk near the Katahdin in Downtown Greenville

Information Kiosk near the Katahdin in Downtown GreenvilleThe Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation has kicked off Phase 2 of our Wayfinding Initiative. Four Information Kiosks have been installed to help visitors locate the major outdoor public attractions in the Moosehead Lake Region. Three pedestal signs of Bonita Doughty’s Regional Business Directory Map have also been installed. The MLREDC gives special thanks to our Kiosk sponsors: Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Natural Resource Education Center at Moosehead, Somerset County, and Weyerhaeuser.

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MLREDC Announces New Administrator to Manage its Programs

The Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Heidi St. Jean, owner of St. Jean Social Media, as its new Administrator.

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MLREDC to oversee hotel feasibility study for the Moosehead Lake Region

The Moosehead Lake EDC is aggressively implementing several action plans focused on enhancing the region as a premier tourist destination in the State of Maine and have made some significant investments in our infrastructure and visitor experiences. One of the key initiatives this year, involves working on an effort to encourage the development of a mid-priced destination hotel and conferencing facility in the Greenville area – working with existing businesses or attracting new investment.

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Appalachian Mountain Club opens largest Maine wilderness lodge to date

​As Reported in the Bangor Daily News TOWNSHIP 1, RANGE 12, Maine — Standing on a wooded hill above Second Roach Pond, deep in the Maine wilderness, the new Medawisla Wilderness Lodge and Cabins opened to the public on July 1, offering its guests comfortable beds, hot showers, home-cooked meals, and a beautiful basecamp for outdoor adventures.

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Drifting down the river, fly fishing in style

As Reported in the Bangor Daily News BIG MOOSE TOWNSHIP, Maine — For the better part of an hour, Brandon Prescott peered toward shore, watched a sporadically feeding trout sip at a passing caddis fly, and tried to make the perfect cast. “You’ve got to get it right in there,” guide Dan Legere said. “Six inches off the shore. That’s where he lives.”

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Northwoods Gourmet Girl owner aims for ‘world condiment domination,’ after surviving cancer

​As Reported in the Bangor Daily News Abby Freethy plunked herself down at a long, wooden table painted a bright, cheerful shade of aquamarine, in the dining room at headquarters for Northwoods Gourmet Girl in Greenville. She heaved a sigh — a satisfied sigh, not a weary one.

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Libra Foundation working to make Monson an arts destination

Reported in the Piscataquis Observer Downtown Monson is undergoing a transformation thanks to the Portland-based Libra Foundation as the non-profit organization has purchased several buildings and is in the process of replacing these structures as part of its mission of making significant contributions to worthy causes across Maine.

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Moosehead Lake: Strong connections between conservation lands and economic health

Reported in the Piscataquis Observer The Forest Society of Maine (FSM), a land trust serving Maine’s North Woods, holds nearly 1 million acres of forestland in conservation easements. A good portion of the conservation easements we hold surround the Moosehead Lake region and extend to the north, west and east including many mountains, lakes and rivers. The conservation easements typically allow for continued sustainable forest management and the landowners, who still own the land, continue to pay taxes on the land. The public benefits from the permanently assured public access and the conservation of wildlife habitat, special natural areas, recreational assets, and scenic beauty the easements ensure.

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Moosehead region stakeholders plan to boost economy, reverse declining population

Reported in the Bangor Daily News GREENVILLE, Maine — Faced with a declining and aging population and a stagnant economy, many stakeholders in the Moosehead Lake region are taking action to reverse these trends. Making changes to secure a better future over the next decade-plus was the subject of the Moosehead Lake Regional Master Plan Future Think Tank held Thursday and Friday at the Bartley Facility.

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Premium Choice Broadband acquires Moosehead Enterprises

Reported in the Eastern Gazette BREWER – Premium Choice Broadband (PCB) of Brewer announced last week that it has completed its acquisition of Moosehead Enterprise of Greenville in a private sale.

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My rural school’s future depends on the wilderness surrounding it - Bangor Daily News

By Jim Chasse, Superintendent of Greenville Consolidated School. As a recent Maine Focus article, “Wilderness and a way forward,” points out, population losses have fueled efforts by the Moosehead Lake ...

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Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital named one of Maine’s Top Hospitals - MaineBiz

As reported in MaineBiz Magazine. The Leapfrog Group announced this week that eight Maine hospitals have been named to its 2016 top hospital list, which honors the highest performers on the group’s survey. Our own Charles A. Dean was one of the eight!

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AMC taps Moosehead region contractors to build new Medawisla Lodge - MaineBiz

Reported in MaineBiz Magazine, by James McCarthy AMC taps Moosehead region contractors to build new Medawisla Lodge ... AMC ‘s spending in the Moosehead Lake and 100-Mile Wilderness ...

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