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EMDC welcomes community development specialist to staff

Posted Jan. 07, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine – EMDC recently welcomed Dorathy Martel back to the 46-year-old organization as community development specialist. Martel previously worked with EMDC as program manager for EMDC’s TIGER 2 transportation planning project.

In her new role, Martel will work closely with communities in EMDC’s service area of Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and portions of Waldo counties by increasing community communications and outreach to help with planning activities like ordinance development, brownfields assessments, Community Development Block Grant applications and creation of comprehensive plans. The goal is to further EMDC’s role as a resource for the communities in the region as those communities take steps to further economic development, spur job growth and improve quality of life for residents.

Martel also will continue work with the TIGER 2 project implementing key recommendations that resulted from the three year study, including establishing a Transportation Management Association to help connect residents in rural areas with increased options to reach service centers like Bangor and Ellsworth. The Tiger 2 study showed that increasing transportation options in these communities is critical to the region’s growth and sustainability. A website designed to link for people in the region’s most rural areas with access to busses, taxis, rideshares, etc…, www.gettingtheremaine.com, launches this year.

Next steps for the project include securing funding for the TMA, which will manage the website and look to implement other solutions suggested by the study.

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) 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 942-6389 and on the web at www.emdc.org.

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