PITTSFIELD, Maine — Pittsfield was officially recognized as a business-friendly town in a ceremony Wednesday.
Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais gave Pittsfield leaders the Certified Business Friendly Community certificate in the Pittsfield Town Council chambers.
Mayor Timothy Nichols, Deputy Mayor Gary R. Jordan Jr. and Town Manager Kathryn Ruth accepted the certificate for the town.
“Pittsfield has proven its dedication to partnering with businesses by removing obstacles to encourage business development and growth,” Gervais said at the ceremony.
Pittsfield was one of five towns to receive the certification in the program’s second round. Cumberland, Westbrook, Lewiston and Auburn were also selected. Pittsfield and Cumberland had been resubmitted after not being selected in the first round.
“I am especially pleased that your town, after learning it did not receive certification in the first round, took the necessary steps and strengthened its resolve to prove you’re open for business in time to prepare a successful second-round application,” Gervais said.
In all, 14 cities and towns have earned the Certified Business Friendly Community designation. Augusta, Bath, Biddeford, Brewer, Bucksport, Guilford, Lincoln, Saco and Sanford were selected in the first round of certifications.
“We felt it was crucial to work with DECD to strengthen our application and provide additional information to meet the criteria,” Ruth said in August.
Pittsfield’s website lists 11 businesses that employ at least 50 people, including Cianbro headquarters, UTC Fire and Security, and Sebasticook Valley Hospital.
“The goal of the program is to encourage a business-friendly climate in municipalities throughout the state and better position Maine for economic prosperity,” Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement in July.
Cumberland, Westbrook, Lewiston and Auburn will receive their certificates in the coming weeks.