Economic Development Administration

The Economic and Community Development Department at the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission provides a wide array of services and programs.  We serve as both a Municipal Economic Development Resource and a Business Economic Development Resource. More…

What's New

The Southern Maine Economic Development District's request for modification was approved on June 28, 2011.  Proposed map.

SMPDC was awarded a Federal grant to conduct a Brownfields Assessment Program.

The Business Resource Information Center (BRIC) is open and has resources for those interested in starting a business.

Brownfields Success in New England - 2011

  • North Berwick Woolen Mill Property, North Berwick. The 2010 Region 1 Phoenix Awards winner.
  • North Dam Mill Property, Biddeford
  • Robinson Mill, Parsonsfield
  • Pepperell Mill Campus, Biddeford
  • Prime Tanning, Berwick 

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Our primary mission is to assist in the strengthening of our local and regional economies in partnership with our municipalities and the County Government.  Some of this work is completed solely within our organization and a significant amount of this work is completed through local, regional, State and federal partnerships.  Broadly speaking, we strive to strengthen the regional economy through the retention of existing businesses, encouraging the growth and development of new and existing businesses and entrepreneurs and the attraction of businesses located beyond our borders.


Services and Information Available

  • Data
  • Sources of Financing
  • Grants
  • Economic and Community Development Planning
  • Business Plan Development
  • Technical assistance for entrepreneurs and microenterprises

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)