HERMON, Maine — As part of the LePage administration’s commitment to ensuring Maine is open for business, the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais will be in Hermon on Monday to present the town with its “Certified Business-Friendly” community certificate and road signs.
The presentation will take place during a ceremony set for 1:30 p.m. at the entrance to Coldbrook Business Park on Dave’s Way. Ron Harriman, Hermon’s economic development director, will be on hand to accept the award.
Hermon was one of four towns selected this month to receive this certification in the state program’s fourth round. Gervais will visit the other communities — Belfast, Caribou and South Portland — in the coming weeks on behalf of Gov. Paul LePage.
To date, 24 cities and towns across the state have been declared “Certified Business-Friendly” for their continued focus on creating a better environment for private sector job growth.
Among the steps Hermon has taken to earn the designation were:
• Showing strong local initiative through the completion and adoption of a master plan for the town’s village area;
• Having notably few required business permits and licenses;
• Creating a cost-sharing program that promotes public infrastructure improvements and encourages new industrial and commercial jobs;
• Being a founding member of Bangor Regional Development Alliance, which seeks to attract out-of-state investment to the region;
• Developing an aggressive and effective advertising program and launching a new website promoting the community with an emphasis on economic development.