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Piscataquis County receives funds for attracting business

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 11, March 12, 2003

DOVER-FOXCROFT Thanks to a State business attraction grant, Piscataquis County officials will have funding to market and promote the County to out-of-State businesses. The $15,0000 award was announced last week by the State Department of Economic and Community Development, which distributes funds for promising marketing activities. News of the grant, written by the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC), was seen as a golden opportunity to promote the County.

"We are anxious to go out and meet corporate decision-makers and entice them to come do business in the County," said Tom Lizotte, PCEDC Marketing Chair. "This grant will give us needed funding to put Piscataquis Countyfs best foot forward."

The need for business attraction as one of the County's economic development tools was not lost on PCEDC President Jane Jones. "We see attracting businesses as "one of the PCEDC's principle efforts. This funding shows that the State has confidence in our ability to project a positive, business-friendly image to interested businesses." Jones also stressed that this marketing effort will not detract from the PCEDC's ongoing business retention efforts.

The PCEDC grant detailed a change of tactics from past business attraction efforts. First, County offi-
cials will meet directly with business executives directly. Before, those meetings often coincided with trade shows. "It was often difficult to make solid connections with executives when there were trade show distractions," said Lizotte. "Now meetings happen by appointment. We anticipate this change will make a much greater impression upon businesses we target."

Another change focuses the PCEDCis efforts on Canada's Maritime Provinces and Quebec. Lizotte noted that people in those regions have a close cultural affinity with Maine and, because these regions surround the State, business executives may see expansion opportunities here. The PCEDC has planned numerous meetings with executives from those areas.

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