City of Augusta
Augusta serves not only as the state capital, but also as the primary regional service center for the central Kennebec Valley. In addition to being a retail hub, Augusta is a center for state, federal, and county governments, as well as the many local government services. It is center for non-profit organizations and for state and county cultural institutions.
Major retail areas are The Marketplace and Augusta Crossing, offering top national retailers and restaurants. Longer-established, smaller malls offer retail options closer to the center city, and the Historic Riverfront District offers unique local stores, restaurants, and pubs in the heart of the city.
As a major education center Augusta has the University of Maine at Augusta, with a traditional 4-year program and flexible programs for non-traditional students. Superb access to distance education (from UMA and other in-state and national institutions) gives our area a unique position in post-secondary education. Kaplan University opened a site here in 2012.
Augusta's airport offers scheduled flights to Boston's Logan Airport, with connecting service to all major national and international air carriers.
In 2013 Augusta was selected to participate in the nationally recognized Main Street Maine program, and in conjunction with the Augusta Downtown Alliance hired the organizations first downtown manager.
Augusta at a glance.......
- In November 2013, opened MaineGeneral the states newest and most advanced healthcare facility at a cost of $312M.
- Saw the extension of natural gas to both business and residential areas throughout the city.
- Welcomed the development of new, upscale housing in the citys downtown.
- Completed the cleanup of the Augusta Tissue site.
City Business contact:
Name: Keith P. Luke; Phone: (207) 626-2336; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Executive Director:
Name: Steve Pecukonis; Phone: (207) 458-8757; Email: steve@AugustaDowntownAlliance.org
Highlights from the review Team
- Streamlined permitting and licensing process resulting in reduced decision-making timeline.
- Collaboration with schools, businesses and colleges to provide training and promote workforce development.
- Demonstrate strong community spirit and pride.
- Utilize local, state and federal business incentive programs to attract businesses and promote business growth.
- Many quality of life amenities (i.e., community gardens, public access to lakes, vibrant downtown, public transportation).