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EMDC honors champions for 2013

Posted Dec. 19, 2013, at 3:40 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Development Corp., honored seven organizations that have supported EMDC’s mission to promote economic growth in Eastern Maine, during its annual meeting of the Board of Directors and Corporators on Dec. 19.

Representing a variety of sectors, the 2013 EMDC Champion Awards provide recognition to businesses that have partnered with and/or supported EMDC’s efforts to promote business, community and workforce development.

The 2013 EMDC Champions are:

  • Bangor Savings Bank–for their partnership in the SBA 7(a) Community Advantage Lending program. EMDC loaned nearly $4 million dollars to 28 businesses in 2013. Those loans resulted in business growth, economic success and the creation or retention of at least 95 jobs in Maine. It’s with the support of partners like Bangor Savings Bank that EMDC is able to provide financing for the region’s small businesses.
  • City of Bangor Health and Community Services–for its collaboration to ensure that economic development organizations are included in discussions concerning creating healthy, sustainable and desirable communities.
  • Eaton Peabody–From providing leadership to Mobilize Eastern Maine, serving on the Brownfields Advisory group and countless time and talent given to numerous initiatives, the attorneys at Eaton Peabody have been extremely generous in their support of EMDC and our region.
  • Zone Radio/The Pulse AM 620–The Pulse Morning Show has provided an avenue for EMDC’s small business clients to share their stories of success. Often these include the business’s partnership with EMDC, but they also provide an opportunity for the business to promote itself. Helping businesses succeed, helps our region. We’re grateful to The Pulse for helping us tell the story of the fantastic businesses right here in Eastern Maine.
  • Eastern Maine Community College, United Technology Center, Bangor Adult Education–We recognize these organizations collectively because it was their collaboration and determination, as a group, that made EMDC’s Pathways Project such a success. Without the support of these educational institutions we would not have been able to build affordable homes for so many residents while teaching others the job skills needed to find jobs in the construction industry. Education and employment are keys to economic growth. These three organizations not only embrace that philosophy, they implement it every day.

Eastern Maine Development Corp. is a private, non-profit organization established in 1967. The organization thrives on supporting the region’s businesses and communities. EMDC has locations throughout the state to support a variety of programs that contribute to Maine’s economic prosperity. EMDC can be reached by calling 207.942.6389 and on the web at www.emdc.org.

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