Brunswick's Abundant Economic Advantages
Settled in 1628 and incorporated in 1739, Brunswick is a historic and picturesque New England town that serves as a gateway to midcoast and Downeast Maine. A balanced mix of retail, professional and arts-related businesses, along with light to medium industry and traditional farming, foresting and commercial fishing – can all be found in Brunswick. Downtown Brunswick’s broad Maine Street combines village flavor and city flair. Dotted with specialty shops, open spaces and fabulous restaurants to satisfy every mood and palate, Brunswick’s pedestrian-friendly downtown attracts shoppers, strollers and foodies alike.
Brunswick is a college town offering rich and diverse arts and cultural resources, centered around noted Bowdoin College’s museums, theater and concert hall. Bowdoin College was ranked sixth among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. Established in 1794, Bowdoin was the first college in the State of Maine, and remains an important influence in Brunswick’s continued development. Other colleges include Southern New Hampshire University and Southern Maine Community College.
Bordered by the Androscoggin River and Atlantic Ocean with its 67 miles of coastline, Brunswick is a coastal community, offering residents and visitors an array of recreational opportunities. With convenient access to I-295 and Route 1, Brunswick serves as a gateway to Midcoast and Downeast Maine, is located 25 miles north of Portland, Maine’s largest city, and just 30 miles from the Portland International Jetport (PWM). Brunswick’s strategic location will be enhanced significantly beginning November 2012, when the Amtrak Downeaster arrives, connecting Brunswick to Boston with passenger rail service.
Brunswick is home to world class businesses, including LL Bean (manufacturing), Bath Iron Works (design/engineering) and Owens Corning (composite fabrics). With its proximity to boat builders and other marine trades along the Maine coast, advanced technology training resources and innovative businesses, Brunswick has positioned itself as the epicenter of the state’s emerging composites manufacturing cluster. Home to Mid Coast Hospital and Parkview Adventist Hospital, as well as eleven banks downtown, Brunswick is a service center for neighboring communities.
Brunswick’s strategic location is made even more attractive with the redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station, now known as Brunswick Landing. As Maine’s premier technology business park, Brunswick Landing features 3,300 acres of prime real estate, over 2 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, a world-class aviation complex, and on-site educational institutions. Additionally, in-fill sites are available in the Brunswick Industrial Park and Brunswick Commerce Center to further broaden an organization’s presence in Brunswick.
Brunswick at a Glance / Vital Statistics
Population: 20,278 (2010 Census)
Land Area: 49.7 square miles
Median Household Income: $50,117 (2010 Census)
Average Household Size: 2.9
Labor Force (Brunswick Labor Market Area/Micropolitan Statistical Area): 34,866 (July 2011, not seasonally-adjusted) Source: Maine Dept. of Labor, Center for Workforce Research & Information
Total Employment (Brunswick LMA/MSA): 32,529 (July 2011, not seasonally-adjusted); Source: MDOL, CWRI
Educational Attainment: (Age 25+, 2010 Census):
• High School Graduate – 28%
• Bachelors or Higher – 34%
Brunswick School District
Major Private Employers:
Key Industrial/Commercial Properties:
- Cooper Wiring Devices (185,000+ sf industrial/commercial building)
- Brunswick Landing (industrial/commercial buildings and lots)
- Brunswick Industrial Park (industrial/commercial lots)
- Brunswick Commerce Center (light industrial/commercial lots)
Local Development Resources:
The Town of Brunswick Economic and Community Development is adept at facilitating projects through customized financial packages utilizing a variety of sources. Staff have experience working with MCOG and Brunswick Development Corporation gap financing programs, Finance Authority of Maine loan insurance, leveraged financing programs and Industrial Development Bonds, as well as Tax Increment Financing and Community Development Block Grant funds for credit enhancement and public infrastructure purposes.