ELLSWORTH — Representing vastly different geographic regions of the state, the newest “Certified Business Friendly Communities” join a growing list of Maine communities to be honored by the LePage administration for their willingness to create opportunities for existing and new businesses.
The four communities newly designated “Certified Business Friendly” in the third round of the program are Ellsworth, Fairfield, Kennebunk and Topsham.
“It’s no doubt our great state is diverse, and that’s why I love it. But it’s also great to see each community named today has a common desire for economic prosperity, job growth and an ‘open-for-business’ mentality,” Gov. Paul R. LePage said in announcing the four newest cities and towns to be designated.
Since the program’s inception in March, a total of 18 communities have received the business friendly status. To be certified business friendly, multiple areas of criteria are considered, including customer service, business involvement and collaboration, input from the public, and licensing and permitting.
Communities named business friendly will be presented with a certificate, two MaineDOT road signs and will become a key part of Maine’s business attraction strategy.
Ellsworth first applied in the second round of the Certified Business Friendly Communities program and received certification in the third round for its significant efforts to proactively address business concerns regarding traffic congestion. The community also offers programs aimed at skill enhancement and workforce development.