Welcome…to the Belgrade Lakes Region – 10 miles north of Augusta, is peaceful, picturesque, and welcoming – Central Maine’s premier lake area for recreation, relaxation, and wholesome family fun. Famous for its sparkling scenic streams and chain of seven lakes, its panoramic views of fields, hills and woodlands, its inviting towns and villages, and its activities for all ages. Whether a destination for activities and action or a retreat for peace and tranquility, the Belgrade Lakes Region is truly . . .
where memories last a lifetime!
The mission of GrowSmart Maine is to build lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine.
People choose to live in Maine for many reasons: our iconic landscapes and architecture, our strong sense of local community and our gritty, independent spirit. GrowSmart Maine seeks to protect and foster these strengths because we believe they are the foundation for lasting prosperity. Our goals are community revitalization, conservation of farmland, forest and shoreland, and support for sustainable economic development that will benefit not just today’s Mainers but our children and grandchildren. As the ONLY statewide organization linking ALL these interrelated goals, GrowSmart Maine works with myriad other organizations and municipalities to convene discussion and take actions to revitalize our communities and economy while protecting our natural resources.
Welcome to KVCOG!
Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1967. KVCOG is a membership organization and is owned and operated for the benefit of its members. The Council of Governments is enabled by state statue. The office is located in Fairfield, Maine and serves Kennebec, Somerset and western Waldo Counties.
KVCOG provides a coordinated approach for planning and economic development at the local and regional level. KVCOG has been a leader in economic development, environmental, land use and transportation planning with a wide array of professional talent among staff for the past 50 years.
The Kennebec Valley region is connected by the Kennebec River. It covers 62 municipalities, several unorganized territories and 5,251 square miles with a population of approximately 182,000. It includes the state capital of Augusta as well as other cities including Waterville, Gardiner and Hallowell and many rural towns. Municipal population ranges from 42 to 18,972.
Welcome to CEI, a leader in rural business development.
Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) helps to grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and in rural regions across the country by integrating financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions. CEI envisions a world in which communities are economically and environmentally healthy, enabling all people, especially those with low incomes, to reach their full potential.
If you need business advising or financing or want to be a part of investing in your community, we want to work with you.
As the state’s most influential business advocate, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce works to ensure a business climate in which Maine State Chamber members, large and small, can compete successfully in the local, regional, national, and world marketplaces.
Since 1889, the Maine State Chamber has been fighting to lower your cost of doing business. Through our Grassroots Action Network and OneVoice program, we work with a network of approximately 5,000 companies statewide that see the value in such a service and provide the vital support that keeps our access, advocacy, and assistance efforts going strong. As Maine’s Chamber, we make sure that the business environment of the state continues to thrive.
The Maine State Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of their interests before the legislature and regulatory agencies, and through conferences, seminars, and affiliated programs. Its advocacy efforts focus on seven central themes: tax reform, health care, workers’ compensation, economic development, environmental, education, and government spending/budget.
Known as The Voice of Maine Business, the Maine State Chamber is a not-for-profit organization supported through membership dues and contributions. Our advocacy staff testifies before the Maine Legislature and the state’s regulatory agencies; intervenes in adjudicatory hearings; drafts business-oriented laws and rules; meets regularly with business and state decision-makers; and, keeps members informed through newsletters, emails, alerts, reports, conferences, programs, seminars, and through personal contacts.
Somerset Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to improve the economic condition and quality of life for all residents of Somerset County.
Why Somerset County?
Somerset County, located in Central Maine, is a fantastic place to grow your business and your family.
Our county boasts a vibrant economy that leverages and preserves our natural assets, supports strong communities, and creates a high quality of life for all residents.
If you are looking to start a business here, Somerset County offers supportive municipalities, access to a skilled workforce, and an unparalleled quality of life.
Explore our site to learn more about our key projects and goals for Somerset County residents and businesses.