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Economic Development



Doing Business in Kennebec Valley

The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce is a business association of some 750 businesses, industries and organizations in the greater Augusta region and southern Kennebec County. The Chamber's teamwork approach is key in building a stronger economy, better business environment and higher quality of life for the 70,000 citizens in the 23-community area.

While government provides four of every ten jobs in the region, other large employers include high-tech manufacturers, health organizations, the state's largest electric utility headquarters, financial institutions, major distributors, growing retail centers and statewide association headquarters.

Manufacturers include Alternative Manufacturing (computer components) Bolduc Technology Group (remotely piloted vehicles),  Kenway Corp. and Valmet Fabrics, Inc., (paper industry products), Kennebec Tool and Die (high tech and space products) and a number of wood products specialists.


The area is headquarters for the state's largest electric utility, Central Maine Power Company, an Iberdrola USA Company, and includes major distributors such as NRF Distributors (flooring), PFG NorthCenter, Progressive Distributors and Pine State Trading (food service companies).

Health services in this central part of the state are provided by Waterville and Augusta campuses of MaineGeneral Health, which includes a teaching unit associated with Dartmouth Medical School. Other health facilities include Veterans Administration Hospital, Home Resources of Maine, HealthReach Network home services and a number of others.

Recent construction of a major natural gas pipeline through Maine has added a new energy resource to the area's strong mix of electricity and fuel oil.


Bright Future: The Capital area has grown significantly in retail business in the past decade with the addition of some major new retailers and redevelopment of others. Hannaford Supermarkets manages five large grocery stores and a large distribution center in the Augusta Micropolitan. In 2009 Hannaford built the World’s First Platinum LEED’s grocery in the center of the capital. The Marketplace at Augusta is the largest open air shopping mall north of Boston with 40 stores in about 1.3 million square feet of retail space and significant expansions planned. In late 2007 Augusta Crossing stores opened another 450,000 square feet of retail space, including Target and Lowe’s. Consumer retail sales in the Augusta Micropolitan total about $935 million.

Augusta boasts several modern business parks, Gardiner opened a very successful new industrial park in 1999, and Winthrop has refurbished an old downtown woolen mill housing MaineGeneral Medical Care Center and a mix of tenants.



FirstPark Hosts T-Mobile

The large telecommunications company, T-Mobile, selected FirstPark for the home of a new United States call center where as many as 850 Maine people have been employed. FirstPark is a high-tech business development center created by the Kennebec Regional Development Authority (KRDA). Twenty-four cities and towns in Kennebec and Somerset counties collaborated to build “Maine’s premiere technology park” in Oakland, just off I-95. A number of professional offices have been built in the park with opportunity to build out to some 3,000 quality jobs.

FirstPark seeks to entice high tech, communications, research & development, insurance, finance and other new economy businesses to help create a quality job center. FirstPark competed the $5 million business park site in 2001       

Demographic Information

Population - 18,793 Median Income - $37,200
Unemployment - 4.8%
Percentage of Family Households - 53.8%
Average Household Size - 2.1
Median Real Estate Property Taxes Paid for Housing Units - 2.0%

Elected Officials

U.S. Senator
Susan Collins (R)
172 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC  20515
(202) 224-2523

133 Hart Building
Washington, DC  20515
(202) 224-5344

U.S. Representative
Chellie Pingree (D)
2162 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515 
(202) 225-6116

U.S. Representative
Bruce Poliquin (R)
426 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC  20515  
(202) 225-6306