HOULTON, Maine — There are many things about the town, both apparent and not so visible, that have changed over the past few years.
A downtown that struggled to lure businesses for a time is now full, and North Street has attracted a stretch of thriving businesses. Municipal officials also have created tax incentives to lure businesses to the area and assist those already here, and a revamped municipal Web site gives visitors information about area schools, businesses and organizations.
Now, town councilors have approved a video that will be posted on a popular Web site that helps attract businesses to the state.
Town Manager Doug Hazlett said recently the video will be posted on the Maine & Company Web site. The Portland-based nonprofit provides free and confidential information to companies locating to or growing in Maine.
The three-minute promotional video features snapshots of the town and testimonials about all that it can offer to businesses and people who live here. The video gives an overview of the work force and work ethic of area residents, talks about infrastructure, details tax breaks and incentives and broadcasts news about existing businesses and recreation.
Services on the Maine & Company Web site include real estate site searches, data collection and analysis, incentive identification and valuation, site visit coordination and financing coordination. Visitors can go to the Web site and get data about the state and its economy, certain regions of the state, its infrastructure and more. Visitors also can search commercial properties and tap into other information.
The Houlton video was produced by Mike Fawcett.
Councilors were pleased with the video.
“It emphasizes reasons why people would want to live and do business here,” Councilor Paul Romanelli said. “I like it.”