Economic & Community Development helps to promote the Town of Brunswick as a great place to do business, a great place to live, and a great place to visit. We strive to facilitate capital investment, job creation, business activity and property tax base expansion by attracting prospective businesses and supporting the expansion and retention of existing local businesses. We work to connect business and community development projects with available state and federal grant opportunities, such as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The Town of Brunswick, supports the initiatives of and works with the Brunswick Downtown Association (BDA), in fostering a vibrant downtown.
Economic & Community Development supports the development of Brunswick Landing (formerly the Brunswick Naval Air Station), and is active in securing and administering federal and state grants for both private business development and public infrastructure that supports the development of business, community and cultural assets.
We serve as the liaison between the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) and the Town of Brunswick, and support the Town Departments of Planning & Development and Parks and Recreation through the public benefit conveyances (PBC) process. The Town of Brunswick received from the Department of the Navy a 66-acre parcel of open space, located off Old Bath Road; and will soon receive over 800 acres of open space at the southern end of the former Naval Air Station property; and a recreation center.
We are also focused on positioning Brunswick as a multi-modal transportation hub and gateway to Midcoast Maine and supporting the development of Brunswick Station, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development centered around the Brunswick Visitor Center/train station, which will be served by Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service beginning in late 2012.
How we help Brunswick business
Brunswick economic and community development staff provide expertise and assistance with an array of federal, state, local and private economic development resources. We are highly adept at assessing a business’ development needs and packaging customized financial resources to meet those needs.
In particular, the Brunswick ECD staff stands ready to assist existing and prospective Brunswick employers to:
- Identify suitable sites for commercial activity
- Help businesses navigate local and state regulatory requirements
- Identify sources of investment capital and package customized financing from multiple sources in order to facilitate business development by leveraging private resources and sharing risk
- Reach out to existing local businesses and provide assistance to address challenges and/or capitalize on opportunities
- Help businesses tap into the network of federal, state, local and private resources that support economic development