City of Biddeford
Historical architecture endures in the City, yet the businesses and community have adapted into the more diverse 21st century. Once, a major textile center of national prominence, Biddeford is transforming its mills into mixed uses which include housing, restaurants, offices and various industries. Today Biddeford’s economy is comprised of manufacturing, medical/health care, financial services, retail, and technology. Two of the region’s most dynamic institutions – Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) and the University of New England (UNE) anchor the City’s economy. Combined, they account for
2,900+ jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact.
Biddeford has both industrial and passenger rail which is convenient for the fully serviced commercial and industrial parks. Currently there are three municipal industrial parks and one business park, which has lots available. The City’s direct turnpike access makes the Route 1 and Route 111 commercial corridors convenient to visit the major shopping centers and restaurants.
The coastline is one of Biddeford’s greatest assets. The Saco River offers kayaking, canoeing, fishing and leads to stunning beaches at Biddeford Pool and Fortunes Rocks that are available for public
use. UNE is situated on the water and offers both undergraduate and
graduate programs as well as numerous research programs.
Biddeford’s Historic Downtown Business District and adjacent complex of mills are amidst an excitng revitalization. The "Heart of Biddeford" downtown improvement organization successfully sought and
received the “Main Street” designation, a national status achieved by only a handful of Maine communities. The City is in its second year of a Main Street Challenge program which offers a $20,000 incentive package for up to three winning businesses that will open in downtown.
Biddeford at a Glance...
- The City acquired an 8.5-acre downtown waterfront parcel
- Market Basket opened and brought 370+ new jobs to the area
- Two residential development projects totaling $24 million are pending approval
- SMMC began construcƟon on a 40,000 SF medical office
Name: Daniel B. Stevenson, Economic Development
Phone: (207) 282‐7119
Highlights from the review Team
- Flexible use of TIF’s specifically in area of work force development
- Great capacity/coordination of efforts with committees and city’s staff
- Strong partnerships with University of New England, Seeds of Hope Career Cen- ter, Biddeford Center of Technology, University College on Saco Island and Chamber
Community Website: biddefordmaine.org