The Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council (SREGC) is a partnership  of the City of Sanford, the Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Development Corporation. This evolving organization is chartered to be the leading economic development organization in central York County  and has   embarked on an aggressive and cutting-edge strategy to increase the prosperity of its citizens and enhance the area's economy. 

Our business development  mission aligns  community interests with established business imperatives.  While we do not create products or develop markets, we are experienced business and economic development professionals who will work to connect you with the most effective programs and resources available, supported by an optimum portfolio of services allowing you to  reach your objectives expeditiously. 

Our goal is to  facilitate the economic  growth in the region, with a particular focus on new job creation. As such, we concentrate on assisting local businesses grow, recruiting new business to the region and facilitating new business formation. Our services are broad-based and include: site location assistance, providing comprehensive demographic and labor market information, financial packaging, connecting business clients to appropriate tax incentives, catalyzing inter-governmental relations and providing leadership in business advocacy and public policy issues such as  infrastructure improvement and maximizing public and private investment in our region.

When it comes to business and economic development we are the region’s  “go to” resource.  



James F. Nimon is the Executive Director of the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Nimon served as the senior economic policy advisor to Governor John Baldacci advising the Governor on all economic development issues ranging from the redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station to the operation of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). Mr. Nimon has also held senior-level posts in the last four administrations, including: program director/loan officer with the Finance Authority of Maine; workforce development director with the Maine Department of Labor; and business development/tax incentive director at DECD. These experiences have kept Mr. Nimon successfully engaged over the past thirty years with hundreds of companies and communities as they addressed economic development, workforce development, business finance and tax incentive matters. Mr. Nimon is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in political science and resides in Springvale.

  Lorisa K. Ricketts is the Assistant to Executive Director Jim Nimon of the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council. Lorisa lived for seven years in England after college, working to advise businesses on energy, water, and waste issues and training them in implementing ISO 14001. After moving back to the States, she worked for nine years as a wildlife care specialist and intensive care director at The Center for Wildlife in York before joining the Growth Council in December 2012. Lorisa has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Acton with her family.

Board of Directors

The SREGC  seven member board consists of two members from each of the constituent partners plus the Sanford City Manager.

Tom Cote, Mayor of City of Sanford.  Tom is Sanford’s first elected Mayor.  He also served as the Vice Chairman of the 2013-2014 Budget Committee for the City of Sanford.  Tom has spent nearly 20 years creating marketing and business development strategies primarily in the semiconductor industry.  For the past three years, Tom has worked for Vishay Siliconix, Inc., a West Coast based Semiconductor Company, as a Regional Marketing Manager.  Tom is a Sanford Native and graduated from Sanford High School in 1988.  He graduated from Norwich University, Cum Laude, with a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Organizational Leadership.  Tom lives in Springvale with his wife and two daughters.

Steve Buck, Sanford City Manager.  Steve became Town Manager of Sanford in August 2012 and City Manager on January 1, 2013.  Before coming to Sanford, Steve served as city manager in Caribou for eleven years.  He also served as a selectman in the town of Corinna, Maine.  Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine and has completed some work toward a Master's degree in public management.  He joined the Growth Council in 2012.


Mike Ralston (Treasurer), in addition to his membership on the Sanford Regional Growth Council, is currently a board member of the Industrial Development Corporation. After retiring as production superintendent from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Mike was elected as treasurer for the Town of Sanford and took on additional responsibilities as the town’s economic developer and project manager to develop the Anderson Learning Center in Springvale. Mike has also served as Executive Director to the YMCA as well as a board member of Goodall Hospital, and was the project manager for a non-profit initiative to restore the Little Theatre in Springvale Village.


Christopher Signore (Chair) is currently serving as Chairman of the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council. Christopher has lived in Sanford/Springvale since 1992. He has been a licensed insurance professional for over 20 years and has been employed by Garnsey Brothers Insurance agency for the past eight. Christopher lives on Howard Street in Springvale with his wife Lynne. They have 4 children aging in ranges from 12 to 23.  


Bob Hardison (Secretary) was the founding Chairman for the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council. His commitment to Sanford is evidenced by his active membership in many community and civic organizations. Bob is currently President of the Industrial Development Corporation of Sanford and Chairman of the Board of the Cancer Care Center of York County. He served as a member of the Sanford Planning Board for 20 years, where was Chairman for two terms.  He is also a past Chairman of the Sanford Mainers, part of the prestigious New England Collegiate Baseball League, and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce and the York County Community College Foundation, and member and Chairman of the Goodall Board of Trustees. He is a current member of the Sanford–Springvale Rotary and served as president of the Rotary Club of Seneca Falls, New York. Prior to his retirement, Bob was president and owner of Atlantic Pump & Engineering, Inc. in Sanford, and held senior executive positions at Goulds Pumps in Seneca Falls, NY and the Buffalo Forge Company. Bob graduated from of the University of Maine with a BS degree in civil engineering, is a native of Caribou, Maine and now resides in Wells, Maine.

Rob Reinken joined the Growth Council in 2016 representing one of the two Chamber of Commerce seats. He is the owner of Reinken Homes, which owns, develops and manages commercial and residential properties in Sanford and Springvale, including parts of the former Nasson College Campus in Springvale.


Sean Dumont is an accredited asset management specialist (AAMS) working as a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments, where he is in his 20th year. Before that, he served for four years in the Navy doing explosive ordinance disposal. He earned his Associate’s degree in Marketing and a BS in Economics from USM in 1998. Sean has lived in Sanford since 1994 and is active in the community. He served as a Rotarian for 13 years, and is currently in his sixth year as a member of the Kiwanis Club. Sean has also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Goodall Library board, and the Nasson Community Center board. He is currently on the board of directors for the Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce and is a Chamber Ambassador. Sean joined the Growth Council in 2018 and serves as one of the Chamber of Commerce’s representatives.