Their mission for nearly five decades has been creating a thriving economy in the region, and they don’t do it alone.
Thursday, Eastern Maine Development Corporation recognized some of their biggest partners as champions of 2013 at their 47th annual meeting.
One is Health and Community Services in Bangor.
“Health does impact all aspects of our live, and the community, and it does make for a stronger economy, and it makes for a stronger work force and a healthier work force, so there’s a natural link there that isn’t often recognized,” said Patty Hamilton, Public Health Director for the City of Bangor.
EMDC recognized Bangor Savings Bank for their help with acquiring capital for nine loans approved by the Small Business Association Program.
“We’ve supported the work of Eastern Maine Development Corporation for many years, because they’re about the business of creating opportunity for people, and for this community by supporting small businesses, and employees,” said John Moore, Senior Vice President of Community Development Banking.
Eastern Maine Community College, United Technology Center, and Bangor Adult Education were applauded for their pathway program.
It provides housing for those in need, built by people looking for work.
“We actually got three educational institutions involved and nine other business and industries to work on this project under the leadership of EMDC,” said Lawrence Barrett, President of EMMC.
Eaton Peabody and Zone Radio were also honored. These are just seven of the more than 100 organizations EMDC works with to boost the area’s economy.
“We really feel that our mission of improving the community, providing business support, and workforce support, has really come together in a model that makes sense, and today was an opportunity to talk about our collaboration with partners and others who give of themselves time and resources to really support those initiatives,” said Michael Aube, President of EMDC.