The Growth Council's January newsletter features a preview of things to watch for in 2019; news on grant funding allowing Sanford traffic lights to be upgraded; a profile on Sanford Community Adult Education; SMHC's plans for its Sanford location; and more! Read the Growth Council's January Newsletter here.... read more
Two of Sanford's own have been honored in the York County Coast Star newspaper's annual "Movers and Shakers" edition, which recognizes people who "work hard, show tremendous commitment, and make a positive impact on their communities." Sanford Schools Superintendent David Theoharides, who has been in the position since 2011 and will be retiring at the end of this year, was Sanford's first honoree. Theoharides has spent a gre... read more
Our December Newsletter is our favorite of the year to write: we get to look back at 10 things that made us proud of Sanford in 2018!  Plus, The Baker Company wins Employer of the Year; Mousam Valley Millwork wins a major contract; and our final installment of the story of how Flemish Master Weavers gained Foreign Trade Zone status. Read the December newsletter with our best wishes for Happy Holidays!... read more
We are very pleased to share the news that The Baker Company, based in Sanford, Maine, won special recognition as Employer of the Year at the 2018 York County Business Awards held last week in York, Maine. Baker is a world leader in the design and manufacture of biological safety cabinets and other products for laboratory contamination control, and has over 130 employees, most based in Sanford. The Baker tagline is “Environments ... read more
In our November newsletter: A new SanfordNet fiber page on the Growth Council website answers FAQs; Part 2 of our three part series on the foreign trade zone designation for Flemish Master Weavers; an introduction to Sanford's downtown improvement initiative; Employer transportation needs survey; and more! Read the November newsletter here!... read more
In our October newsletter: Sanford's new high school and technical center celebrates its grand opening; Sanford company Flemish Master Weavers scores a big win; Sanford International Film Festival recap; Maine Beaches Association update; and news from the Northeast Solar Conference. Read the October newsletter here!... read more
After years of planning, information sessions, community input and votes, site selection, construction, building delays, curriculum planning, staff training and very hard work, Sanford's new integrated high school and regional technical center finally opened its doors on October 10 to students in Sanford, Maine! The building is huge and attractive, and a symbol to many in the community of the city's bri... read more
In our September issue: The Great Pumpkin Festival celebrates autumn on September 29; Sanford's own Casco Bay Molding wins manufacturing excellence award; and we preview the Sanford International Film Festival, coming up October 16-21. Read the September newsletter here!... read more
In the Growth Council's July/August newsletter: SanfordNet Fiber begins construction; Sanford on Tap brew-fest is a huge success; Sanford and the Maine Beaches Region; Maine's Pine Tree Zone program is extended; and a new Community Resource Guide showcases Sanford and Springvale. Read the July/August newsletter here!... read more
In our June newsletter: An update on the SanfordNet Fiber project; A sneak peak at the Marland Hall redevelopment project; 2017 tourist visitation and economic impact; and a preview of signature summer events for Sanford's 250th Anniversary! Read the June Newsletter here.... read more
In the April/May issue: City of Sanford is one of only five communities in the nation to have been selected for partnership with an elite foundation; York County Community College plans to expand offerings at its Sanford facility; Sanford wins a municipal leadership award from the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast; We feature the latest impressive videos from... read more
The City of Sanford has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the construction of its SanfordNet Fiber municipal broadband network.  The network will consist of approximately 40 miles of fiber optic cable, making it eight times as large as the next largest municipal network in Maine when complete. This announcement signals the next major phase of the SanfordNet Fiber project, which has spent significant time in the planning and engineering phas... read more
To view a downloadable infographic PDF, choose which version you want to view from the list below.  Or you can view a PDF of the data here. PNSY 2017 Economic Impact - General PNSY 2017 Economic Impact - Maine PNSY 2017 Economic Impact - Sanford PNSY 2017 - GenericInfogram... read more
In this month's issue: Sanford kicks off its 250th anniversary with a bang; An interview with Marc Greenberg, owner of Marc Motors; the 8th annual York County Job Fair; and SMHC celebrates the opening of its new Sanford sports performance center at the YMCA. Read the Feb/Mar Newsletter here!... read more
In the Growth Council's January newsletter: a look ahead at what 2018 holds for Sanford; the Sanford 250 anniversary logo is unveiled; two unique opportunities for businesses to participate in the anniversary; and news on amendments to Sanford's Sign Ordinance.   Read the January Newsletter here!... read more
Just in time for the holidays, our December 2017 newsletter we feature our annual review of things that made us proud of Sanford this year. We also offer a glimpse of some of the festivities in store for Sanford's 250th anniversary in 2018, and highlight a series of new videos about Sanford and all it has to offer.   Read the December 2017 newsletter here.... read more
The City of Sanford has unveiled a series of new videos highlighting all that Sanford has to offer. The City, working with video production company CGI Communications, filmed footage throughout the community earlier this year. The videos focus on the following areas of interest: Welcome to the Community, Quality of Life, Infrastructure, A New Way of Doing Business, and Community Organizations. The videos can be viewed by scanning the QR codes on the flyer (c... read more
In our November newsletter, we offer congratulations to Springvale-based NEXGEN Tooling, which won an award at the annual York County Business Awards.  We also focus on St. Ignatius Apartments, which opens its doors in the beloved former St. Ignatius Church and School in downtown Sanford in early December; we report that York County Community College has gained a permanent presen... read more
Are you ready for the Sanford International Film Festival? Our newsletter this month walks through all five days of our favorite film fest, which features 87 films from Maine and around the world! With links to film previews, the schedule for all five days and info on how to purchase tickets, you will want to check it out. We also feature the first in a series of guest columns. This month, Ian House... read more
Our September newsletter features an article on the recent commercial revaluation and its impact on the local mil rate (spoiler alert: Sanford property taxes are trending downward). We share an update on SanfordNet Fiber. We also have more information on the Stenton Area Revitalization Workshop coming up on September 26 & 28, focusing on the future of workforce housing in the community. We have news of the Sanford-Springvale ... read more
In our August newsletter: City Manager Steve Buck wins MTCMA Manager of the Year Award; Sanford's website gets a makeover; Amendments to Sanford sign ordinance are being reviewed and public input is requested; Two Sanford companies receive CDBG grants; and a September housing workshop will give Sanford a chance to imagine the future.  Plus an update on SanfordNet Fiber, a link to the latest v... read more
In our July newsletter, we break the good news that Unitil has announced plans for natural gas expansion in Sanford, and we feature a Q&A with Kelly Fowler, Unitil's Business Development Executive, about their plans. Also featured: estimates of the economic impact of tourism in 2016 show a 6.7% increase in our region, according to new numbers from the Maine Department of Tourism; Highlights of family-friendly summer... read more
Unitil is expanding its natural gas service in Sanford, Maine, to approximately 2.100 new homes and businesses. This new buildout will begin in 2018 and result in 17.5 miles of new gas main to be installed over the following three years. The expansion area will include Main Street from the new Sanford High School up to the location of the existing high and middle schools. From there, service will eventually extend over the Mousam River and up t... read more
The Growth Council's June newsletter features an update on the SanfordNet Fiber project and an interview with T&D Wood Energy, Sanford's newest manufacturer. Read the June newsletter here.... read more
On Tuesday, June 13 there will be a public referendum for Sanford voters to formally approve the Pre-K - 8th Grade school reconfiguration project. The $42.9 million project, which will be 100% state funded, will result in upgraded and right-sized facilities for elementary and middle schools throughout the community.A straw poll taken in May showed overwhelming support for the project, which will refurbish the current Sanford High School ... read more
In our this month's newsletter:Tracking business moves and expansions; An infographic on the economic impact of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; SMHC to open new sports perfomance center at Sanford-Springvale YMCA; Elementary school construction project straw poll; an update on SanfordNet Fiber; Free flights for kids at the Young Eagles Flight Rally; and more! Read the Growth Council's May newsletter here.... read more
Our April issue features an interview with John Costin of Veneer Services Unlimited, the new owner of the former Wasco mill building in downtown Sanford. We also discuss the importance of broadband as infrastructure and US Senator Angus King's efforts in that regard. We focus on the Industrial Development Corporation of Sanford and its role in promoting business growth, and we celebrate good news from Po... read more
The City of Sanford updated its land use tables at the end of 2016. These tables, along with the Sanford zoning map which was revised in 2014, can be a good starting point when deciding when a particular business use is allowed on a property. City of Sanford Zoning Map (revised 2014) City of Sanford Table of Land Uses (revised 2016) Please note that these documents are for reference only, and should be read in conjunction with Ci... read more
Last week, Leslie Morissette, founder of the Sanford-based non-profit Grahamtastic Connection, was chosen by world-wide broadcast network CNN as its weekly "CNN Hero". Leslie founded Grahamtastic Connection, which provides technology to enable chronically or terminally ill children to stay connected with school, family and friends, in honor of her son Graham, who died of Leukemia in 1997. CNN is introducing 25 weekly "Hero... read more
The Growth Council's February/March newsletter features 12 Things You Didn't Know About the Growth Council; highlights from our recent visit to Sanford-Springvale Historical Society; and more on Sanford's commercial property revaluation. Plus, save the date for the York County Job Fair on April 5! Read the newsletter here.... read more
The Growth Council's January 2017 issue takes a look ahead at major Sanford developments expected in 2017 and introduces our readers to Sanford's new Community Development Director, Ian Houseal. Also included are highlights from the Growth Council's 2017 work plan, and Part 2 of our series shedding light on high speed fiber.   Read the January 2017 newsletter here.  ... read more
The City of Sanford has created a series of fact sheets to help Sanford and Springvale residents become more informed about major initiatives that are underway in the community. The fact sheets focus on: The Sanford Airport Solar Project, which will be the largest solar project on an airport in the United States when complete and will make the airport financially self-sufficient. This project... read more
In the December 2016 newsletter: our annual review of things that made us proud of Sanford this year, and a sneak peak of some things coming our way in 2017. Plus, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard get support from congress in the National Defense Authorization Act, Maine's congressional delegation rallies around a Sanford company, and more!   Read the December 2016 newsletter here.... read more
In our November 2016 issue: LifeFlight of Maine is establishing a new hub at Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport; Congratulations to Heidi's Heavenly Pot Pies and Above and Beyond Catering, Sanford winners at YCCC's annual York County Business Awards; Planning for Phase II of Sanford's school construction is underway; Maine Small Business Development Centers establishes office hours in Sanford; and more! (... read more
At York County Community College's 12th Annual York County Business Awards, Sanford's home-grown businesses walked away with two of the top prizes. Heidi's Heavenly Pot Pies won the 2016 Small Business of the Year award, while Above and Beyond Catering won the 2016 Medium Business of the Year Award. The awards dinner was held November 10 at Duffy’s Tavern & Grill in Old Orchard Beach. The Courtesy Photo at right s... read more
There have been many questions floating around since the announcement of the City of Sanford's plans to build the largest municipal fiber network in the state of Maine. The Growth Council has compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about the project. The Growth Council will update this list as additional questions arise, so please check back regularly. View the PDF of the Sanford Broadband Network FAQs. View the PDF of the ... read more
In the Growth Council's October newsletter: more on the timing of SanfordNet Fiber; the Sanford Airport Solar Project is taking flight; Sanford's school construction - including both the High School/Tech Center and the Pre-K - 8 school improvements; the St. Ignatius Apartments project breaks ground; and Mayor Cote makes his first "State of the City" address. Read the October newsletter here.... read more
The City of Sanford has been awarded an Economic Development Administration grant for $769,209 to help support the construction of SanfordNet Fiber, an open access non-discriminatory municipal fiber-to-the-premises network in Sanford, Maine. The EDA announcement came one year and one day after Sanford announced it would be building the 45-mile fiber network that will serve its historic Mill Yard complex, its 600-acre industri... read more
In our September newsletter: Sanford is awarded $769K for SanfordNet Fiber project; YCCC celebrates the opening of its new Sanford training facility; The Great Pumpkin Festival is on; and Dirty Dozen celebrates two anniversaries and prepares for a third location! Read the September newsletter here!... read more
In the August 2016 issue of the Growth Council's newsletter, we share news of another big step forward for the SanfordNet Fiber project. We speak with York County Community College President Barbara Finkelstein and discuss the college's expansion into a new Sanford location.  We also share Sanford's new promotional video, give info on SMHC's new walk-in care center, and more! View the August 2016 newsletter h... read more
The Growth Council's July newsletter features a Q&A with Kevin Bunker, the lead developer for the St. Ignatius redevelopment project in downtown Sanford.  Also featured are the latest tourism-related economic figures from our region, plus information on new videos of the ongoing construction of the new Sanford High School and Regional Technical Center, and much more! Read the July Newsletter here.... read more
In this month's issue: A Q&A with recent micro-enterprise assistance grant winner Possum Hollow Farm Soap; Sanford's new high school and technical center construction project breaks ground; save the date for the Springvale Farm Walk on July 24th; Sanford Mayor Tom Cote addresses the city's budget issues; and farewell to Cathy Goodwin, regional representative for U.S. Senator Susan Collins. Read the June 2016 newsletter here.... read more
In this month's newsletter:  Sanford International Film Festival is on screens in Sanford this week from May 25 -29.  Festival highlights are included!  We interview Kelsey Quint of Dirty Dozen Donuts, winner of a Young Entrepreneur Synergize Award and we congratulate the other Synergize Award winners and recap the awards evening. We discuss the Sanford solar project, which is slated to be the largest in Maine.  And more... read more
Sanford is moving forward with what will be, when completed, the largest solar project in Maine and one of the largest in New England, according to Sanford City Manager Steve Buck. Sanford City Council voted earlier this month to approve the lease of 226 acres of city-owned land at Sanford-Seacoast Regional Airport to Ranger Solar, a Yarmouth-based solar company. Construction on the project is slated to begin in 2018 and will provi... read more
Sanford, Maine - Over the past several years, actress Anne Bobby (TV's Mad About You, Clive Barker's Nightbreed, Bioshock) has spent more and more time away from her home base of Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to work in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs, to come to Maine, where she believes some of the best Independent film is currently being made. She's back again this month to attend t... read more
The first annual Synergize Awards were held on Friday, April 29 at Mill 67 in Sanford and the event was, as advertised, "a celebration of community spirit". The crowd of attendees was a nice mix of young professionals and more seasoned individuals and there was a nice energy in the air as people connected with each other while enjoying delicious food and drink. The evening's first award, the Mentor Award, went to Geoff Titherington of Bonanza Steakh... read more
The Growth Council's April Newsletter has news on the SanfordNet Fiber project and on Cancer Care Center of York County's 10th anniversary. Plus, it features highlights from the Sanford International Film Festival coming up May 25-29, details the economic impact of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2015, and shares information on the Synergize Awards on April 29! Read the Growth Council's April 2016 newsletter here.  If you aren't ... read more
The Growth Council's March newsletter features an update on SanfordNet Fiber, the city's high speed internet project; news on a planned Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport solar project; the First Annual Synergize Awards; and we put Growth Council Director Jim Nimon (pictured, right, with granddaughter Winter) in the hotseat as we interview him on his fifth anniversary in Sanford. Read the March Newsletter here.... read more
The February edition of the Growth Council newsletter features an interview with Sanford's Chief of Police, Thomas Connolly, Jr. (pictured at right), in which he shares his views on the most effective way to combat the issue of opiate addiction. Also in this edition: Sanford's new high school and tech center construction project receives final approval from the State School Board; Planning, Codes and the Fire Marshal move to new offices; and more! Read the Gr... read more
In the final hurdle before the project could begin its construction phase, the Maine State Board of Education has unanimously approved the budget and design of Sanford's new integrated high school and technical center. Members of the Core Building Committee (CBC), made up of representatives from the School District, City, Growth Council and the community, traveled to Augusta on February 10th to attend the meeting. The project ... read more
In our January newsletter: York County Community College Moves its Precision Machining Technology Program to a larger space in Sanford to accommodate more students; High School/Tech Center construction milestones lie just ahead; Q&A with Public Works Director & City Engineer Matt Hill. Read the January Newsletter here.... read more
York County Community College (YCCC) and the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council announced today that a lease has been signed allowing YCCC to move its very successful Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program from its current location on Eagle Drive in Sanford to the site of the former Composite Technology Center on Community Drive in South Sanford. The move will give the school more room to house speciali... read more
The Growth Council's December 2015 newsletter looks back at some of the things that made us most proud of Sanford, Maine in 2015 and lists a few of the things we are looking forward to in 2016. View the December newsletter here.... read more
York County Community College (YCCC) held its 11th Annual Entrepreneur Awards Dinner on November 19th at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, Maine. The evening included a social hour, dinner, and awards presentation which honored York County entrepreneurs. YCCC President, Dr. Barbara Finkelstein, welcomed those in attendance. Elaine Talevi, owner of Sea-Vu Campground and YCCC’s 2014 Entrepreneur of the ... read more
The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) announced this month that it has funded $1,626,850 in 19 awards to Maine Companies in its latest round of awards, including 15 Seed Grant applications and 4 Development Loan applications.  The funds were awarded to entrepreneurs from across Maine to advance new product and process development in biotechnology, composite materials, environmental technology, forestry & agricultu... read more
Are you wondering how Sanford's broadband network might benefit the local economy? This set of case studies from other communities who have built broadband networks makes a clear case that "Community Broadband Creates Jobs".... read more
The announcement about Sanford's plans to build the largest municipal broadband network in Maine has been all over the news!  We have collected links to newspaper articles and television clips here for ease of access.  Click on the name of the news source for a link to the news item.  We will update and add to this list as more news becomes available. Sanford News Editorial 10/1 Portland Press Herald 9/28 Ban... read more
There have been many questions floating around since the announcement of the City of Sanford's plans to build the largest municipal fiber network in the state of Maine. The Growth Council has compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about the project. The Growth Council will update this list as additional questions arise, so please check back regularly. View the PDF of the Sanford Broadband Network FAQs.... read more
Groundbreaking project is first major new “ring” to sprout from touted 3-Ring Binder The City of Sanford has announced plans to build a 32-mile municipal broadband network with optical fiber, a system eight times as large as the next largest municipal network in Maine. Sanford’s network will be capable of Internet upload and download speeds as fast as 10 gigabits-per-second. While driven by the need to stimulate... read more
This summer, Sanford High School became a filming location for "Suffer the Little Children", a new film by Maine director Corey Norman based on a short story by author Stephen King.  The film is a "Dollar Baby", a film which King allowed to be adapted from a short story for only $1, with the condition that it will only be shown at film festivals and not commercially distributed.  Norman also directed The Hanover House, which won t... read more
Tourism is a huge industry in Maine, and experts are calling the state's 2015 tourist season "amazing"! Find out why in this article from the Portland Press Herald.... read more
The 2013 redevelopment of the Sanford Mill building in downtown Sanford was recognized this month with a prestigious Phoenix Award at the 2015 National Brownfields Conference at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, IL.  Real estate developers, environmentalists and other public and private sector professionals were honored at an awards ceremony at the conference.  The event, hosted by The Phoenix Awards Institute, Inc. and award sponsors A... read more
The Sanford News has been featuring a series of articles that highlight some of Sanford's Main Street business. The businesses profiled are from a variety of sectors: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Arts and Communication; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; and Construction, Architecture and Design. Check out the articles to learn more about some of Sanford's home grown success stories: Week 1: featuring Jerry's... read more
York County Community College has graduated the first class of students from its Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program here in Sanford, Maine.  Among the cohort of 10 graduates are eight national honor society members and three NASA scholarship winners. The PMT program, which opened in September 2013, offers a two year program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to use machin... read more
With the help of the Icelandic shipping company, Maine has won the bid to host the Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials meeting for 2016. This conference will bring experts and senior officials from 20 countries to Portland. Learn more about the Artic Council. Read more about the bid in this MaineBiz Article.   ... read more
One year ago, the Growth Council helped launch Synergize Sanford, York County’s network for engaging and supporting young professionals. The group has grown and evolved, and we are pleased that has now announced the launch of its Realize Maine affiliation. Realize Maine is a coalition of eight other regional organizations throughout the state working together to retain and attract young people to Maine, empower them to reach their gr... read more
The Maine Quality Centers is working with Pratt & Whitney to offer free training for up to 150 new Pratt & Whitney employees through York County Community College's Precision Machining Technology facility here in Sanford, Maine.  The training will begin this month and continue through December, according to this article from the Sanford News. After reviewing the Sanford News article and speaking with Maine Quality Center director J... read more
At the end of 2014, the Bangor Daily News's Maine Focus Survey asked participants what specific steps should happen to grow Maine’s economy. 2,066 members of the public gave their feedback on which of 20 economic development ideas deserve priority. The top 10 ideas were shared with a group of 46 professionals in the fields of economic development, community planning, energy, education, business, entrepreneurship, transp... read more
The Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council is pleased to announce that the Sanford Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program has awarded its first grants to four deserving micro-enterprises. They are: Rugged Sound, an audio production company which provides live sound at concerts and events, studio sound services for musicians and filmmakers, and installation of high end audio equipment; Cannons at Noon Family Sheep Farm, a community s... read more
On January 13th, Sanford residents voted overwhelmingly to support the construction of a new high school and technical center. Voters approved referendum Question 1 on the base package with a 77% approval rating. On Question 2, the supplemental package, voters approved the referendum with a 69% approval rating. There were 3002 votes cast.  Sanford School Superintendent David Theoharides outlined the next steps in ... read more
The Growth Council's December newsletter takes a look at some of the things that made us proud of Sanford, Maine in 2014 and looks ahead at some of the things we will be working on in 2015.   Read the December Newsletter now.... read more
Sanford company Gendreau Roofing and Construction had a good year this year - so they decided to do something extraordinary. Read this article from the Sanford News that reminds us what the holiday season is all about.... read more
On Tuesday, December 16th, Growth Council Executive Director Jim Nimon presented an update on the York Pines tourism development project to Sanford City Council.  He showed them a preview of a new York Pines section on the Growth Council's website, which features a new seven-minute video about the proposed tourist destination, as well as information on tourism to our region, an interactive map of the proposed site and ... read more
Want to see a good movie, or ten, maybe grab a bite to eat with your family while you're out? How about a whole week of entertainment and discounts--for TEN DOLLARS. The best value in film-festival history is back and bigger than ever, as the Sanford International Film Festival (SIFF) returns May 27th through May 31st, 2015 at City Hall Auditorium, and several locations across Sanford, Maine! SIFF is a special experience because of our... read more
You have probably heard that in October, the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the Governor's Energy Office, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Public Advocate's Office issued a joint press release saying that the typical medium-sized business customer in Maine can expect to see the electricity supply portion of their bill more than double, jumping from $870 per month in September to over $2,000 per month in January. Read thi... read more
You've heard of data breaches at big chain stores - but did you know small businesses are just as much at risk? Read this excellent article from MaineBiz to learn more.... read more
Congratulations to Sanford High School, who won the 2014 WGME School Spirit Challenge by raising an incredible 93,729 pounds of food for the Good Shepherd Food Bank!! View the video from Channel 13 here.... read more
Springvale restaurateur Brian Mucci is having a good month!  First his restaurant, Bradford Block Bistro, was nominated for an Entrepreneur of the Year award from York County Community College's Center for Entrepreneurship (read more here), and now he and his business have been featured in a great article in a national newspaper.  The article is an excellent profile of Mucci and Bradford Block Bistro, and highlights Sanford/Springvale as a pl... read more
The Growth Council's October newsletter is now out!  In this month's issue:  A recap and next steps for the Sanford broadband project; the new high school and technical center clears two big hurdles; update on the York Pines tourism development project; three local companies are nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year awards, and more!   Click here to view the October newsletter.... read more
Three local businesses have been nominated for York County Community College's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards: Bradford Block Bistro, Waban Projects, Inc. and Mousam Valley Mushrooms, which we featured in this article last month.  The awards are given in six categories and winners will be announced at the 10th Annual Entrepreneur Awards Dinner. The keynote speaker will Biddeford developer Doug Sanford.  Event detail... read more
North Berwick defense contractor Pratt & Whitney announced this week that it has been awarded a $592 million Federal contract to make propulsion systems and engines for 36 F-35 fighter jets.  The company was awarded a contract last autumn under the same program, and expects to be awarded a contract for another 48 engines. This contract is good news for Sanford: almost 20% of the Pratt & Whitney workforce live in Sanford or Spring... read more
Attention small business owners: are you looking to expand, or do you need a new piece of equipment to upgrade your business?  The City of Sanford is launching a new grant program that aims to provide financial assistance to qualifying micro-enterprises.  Funding for the program has been secured from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant Program and is aimed at helping businesses whose o... read more
The Growth Council's September newsletter is now available.  In this month's issue:  A brief history and review of road impact fees; Synergize Sanford's September event; the new Sanford Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program; Executive Director Jim Nimon prepares to "Dance with the Stars", Mousam Valley Mushrooms grows in Springvale, and much more!   Click here to view the September newsletter.... read more
In this month's issue: Synergize Sanford is gaining steam; the Maine Jet Rally will once again be drawing thousands of spectators to Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport; and we share more information on the York Pines Tourist Attraction initiative. View the August newsletter... read more
The Growth Council's Executive Director Jim Nimon recently wrote a guest column in the Sanford News about broadband internet access and the need for it here in Sanford, Maine.  He lays out the history of how Sanford was bypassed by the "three ring binder" project and what the Growth Council has been doing to try to ensure that Sanford doesn't get left behind when it comes to this critical piece of infrastructure. Read the column here and when you are... read more
Acadia National Park, seen above, has been voted “America’s Favorite Place”, by viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America. After a month-long campaign, Acadia was among five finalists, going up against Lake Tahoe, the Chicago Lakefront, Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Glacier National Park in Montana. With excitement high, Good Morning America made the announcement live from Jordon Pond in Acadia during the morning program. ... read more
We are excited to announce that Sanford’s own Adam Cote will be Synergize Sanford's next guest speaker.  Adam will be joining us to speak about his diverse organizational leadership experiences and will discuss his views on the changing business climate in Maine. EVENT DETAILS: Thursday, July 31 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM The Town Club 4 Washington Street, 4th Floor $5 at the Door Please RSVP through Synergize Sanford's Facebook event. ... read more
Maine was one of only eight states this month to receive a Workforce Investment Incentive Grant award for meeting their workforce and adult education performance goals.  Maine last qualified for an incentive grant 12 years ago, so this grant, worth $819,433, signals significant improvement in Maine’s workforce training and will help fund industry partnerships and adult literacy, as well as helping to impro... read more
The Sanford Mainers, Sanford's local baseball team, are having a fantastic season - they have just won their seventh game in a row and are currently ranked first in the northern division of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Bangor Daily News recently ran an excellent article about baseball in Sanford and the community spirit that allows the sport - and the Mainers - to thrive here. Read the article and... read more
To view current and past editions of the Growth Council's newsletter or to subscribe to receive it, click here.   ... read more
In this month's issue... Natural Gas and Sanford: what infrastructure exists, what future plans are there, and what experiences have local businesses had with it? Also: Broadband Project update and next steps, and Save the Date for Synergize Sanford's next event with local veteran and entrepreneur Adam Cote. View the Full Newsletter Here ... read more
Some very small companies in Sanford may soon be getting some financial assistance to expand their businesses. The Sanford City Council held a hearing on Tuesday June 17th at which Growth Council Director Jim Nimon spoke in favor of a CDBG grant to establish a micro-enterprise assistance grant program.  The Council voted unanimously to accept the $100,000 CDBG grant award.  The city staff will now work to meet additional regulatory re... read more
On May 20th, the Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA) held their annual Spring Conference. At this event they recognized last year's most notable commercial development projects that not only embody MEREDA's belief in responsible development, but also involved a significant investment of resources and job creation state-wide. Six developers were celebrated for their responsible practices including environmental sustainab... read more
With only two days to cover thirty seven films shown throughout four unique venues, it’s hard to keep up with the news! Take a look at the incredibly thoughtful and supportive news coverage for our first ever Sanford International Film Festival. Click the news icon to the left of the description to view the article/interview, listed in chronological order.       “Coming soon: The Sanford Internationa... read more
This month's newsletter focuses on the first ever Sanford International Film Festival.  A bold idea which grew into a tremendous event in less than eight weeks, the film festival is a celebration of film, film-makers, and the community of Sanford, Maine, which came together to accomplish something incredible. Read all about the film festival and its history and find links to information on the films and venues, how to buy tickets, w... read more
York County Community College has named a new President, Barbara Finkelstein, who will assume the post on August 11th.  In comments about her new position, Finkelstein said she had learned a lot about YCCC through the interview process and campus visit, and she pointed out YCCC's work on workforce development. "The Precision Manufacturing Program in Sanford is a state of the art lab," she said. &n... read more
In an editorial in this week's Sanford News, Editor Shawn Sullivan discusses Sanford, Maine's potential for recognition as a culturally vibrant city, and cites the first ever Sanford International Film Festival being held May 31st - June 1st as evidence that the city is starting to realize the possibilities inherent in its tagline: Explore. Create. Grow.  Read the editorial here. Learn more about the Sanford Inte... read more
The Forest Products Council of Maine, the organization which represents Maine's large forest products industry, has featured Pleasant River Lumber's turnaround of the former Lavalley Lumber sawmill on its website.  Read this excellent article on a Sanford success story here and view a video showing the sawmill at work here.... read more
Last Friday's launch party for the Synergize Sanford initiative had over 125 attendees and a fantastic level of energy! See photos, learn more, and find out what the next steps are in this great article from the Sanford News.... read more
Senator Susan Collins recently wrote an excellent column highlighting one important - and unexpectedly large - role that senior citizens can play in the economy: the role of entrepreneur.  Read the article here.... read more
Sanford's own rocket scientist Karl Hoose, President of Applied Thermal Sciences, has been featured in a front-page article in the latest edition of MaineBiz. Read the article and visit the ATS website to learn more about this innovative Sanford company.... read more
Do you own a small business in Sanford that you’d like to expand if only you had access to funding? If so, please support the City of Sanford’s application for CDBG funds to establish a micro-enterprise assistance program. Up to $150,000 is available to set up the fund. Please speak in favor of setting up the program at a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 18th at the City Council Chambers in Town Hal... read more
SANFORD, MAINE – At the request of the City of Sanford, the Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council prepared and issued an RFP in late December 2013 to secure a commercial broker to market and sell 975 Main Street in Sanford (the 3.11 acre former Emerson School property located in the center of the community).  Following a review of proposals by the growth council Staff & Board of Direct... read more
The Growth Council's February newsletter focuses on our Sanford broadband project - what it involves, who is preparing the plan, and why it is so important to Sanford's future.  Read all about it here!... read more
A study by nationally recognized tourism consultants has determined that the concept of a theme park tourist attraction in Sanford, Maine has "real merit".  Read the article from the Portland Press Herald here, and view WMTW's interview with Sanford Mayor Tom Cote here.... read more
SANFORD, MAINE –  City Manager Steve Buck held several meetings with local companies in 2013 and in response to feedback, the City of Sanford is instituting a new customer service initiative.  Starting this month, business customers who visit City departments will be asked to fill out either postage pre-paid cards or an on-line survey in order to give feedback on the process and services they use in the four key City departm... read more
In the January edition of the Growth Council's newsletter: 10 Reasons We Were Proud of Sanford Maine in 2013; A Look Forward at 2014; City of Sanford Implements New Customer Service Program; Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport to Install New GARD System; Profile: Shawn Moody, President of Moody's Collision Centers; and much more. Read the newsletter here!... read more
Did you know that when you count the total number of take-offs and landings, Sanford’s airport is actually the busiest in Maine?  This is amazing, considering Maine is home to Portland International Jetport and others which may be better known than our own Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport (often referred to by its International Air Transport Association airport code: SFM). But the airport is home to ... read more
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.(CEI), a non-profit community development corporation in Maine, has been awarded $50 million to loan to small businesses, according to an article in MaineBiz this week.  You can read the full MaineBiz article here. CEI lends and invests money and provides business counseling services to companies in Maine and New England.  CEI has an office in Springvale and it was one of the business finance organiza... read more
It has been a long time coming, but Sanford Mill in downtown Sanford, Maine, has offically celebrated its grand opening.  The 66,500 square foot building in Sanford's historic Mill District is now home to 36 apartments, in addition to a hair salon, a health care company, and a restaurant, with other businesses in the works.  The event was well covered by the media and well attended, and U.S. Senator Angus King, Jr. had the honor of cutting ... read more