Maine Office of Tourism Wins Two National Awards for Destination Marketing


AUGUSTA – Two 2014 Mercury awards were presented to the Maine Office of Tourism during the U.S. Travel Association’s annual ESTO conference in August. The National Council of State Tourism Directors recognized Maine for excellence and creative accomplishment in the Digital Campaign and Travel Website categories. A total of 13 awards were announced.

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Three New Members Appointed to Serve on Maine Small Business Oversight Commission


AUGUSTA - Commissioner George Gervais of the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) recently appointed three new members to the Maine Small Business and Entrepreneurship Commission. Adam Hobson, CPA of Hobson and Company in Saco, Heather Sanborn of Rising Tide Brewing in Portland, and Curtis Picard of the Retail Association of Maine in Augusta were all named to the 12-member board that oversees the Maine Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program and advises the Commissioner on efforts to strengthen the support infrastructure for entrepreneurship in our state.

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Maine Communities Earn Grant Awards


AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is announcing that two municipalities have been awarded funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program administered by the Office of Community Development within DECD. The latest round includes funding from the Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant Program.

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DECD Commissioner Releases Statement Regarding Old Town Fuel and Fiber


AUGUSTA – Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner George Gervais released the following statement concerning the suspension of operations at Old Town Fuel & Fiber:

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Maine Manufacturer to Expand Operations; Will Add Nearly 140 New Jobs


AUGUSTA – Pioneer Plastics Corporation, a subsidiary of Panolam Industries International, an Auburn-based company engaged in the manufacturing of high-pressure decorative laminates (HPL), will see its operations grow in Maine as a result of Panolam closing its manufacturing operations in South Carolina and moving the production to Maine. The company’s anticipated investment of more than $1.7 million is expected to lead to the creation of nearly 140 new direct jobs over the next two years.

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