Sunrise County Economic Council is a firm believer in working with other organizations on common goals, and has formed strong collaborations with a growing number of Washington County resource providers that are committed to creating jobs and prosperity across the region and beyond.
Some of these include:
Northern Maine Development Commission – As part of the Aroostook-Washington Economic Development District (AWEDD), SCEC and NMDC partner on a host of initiatives including government procurement training and outreach, business financing, the Mobilize Maine and GROWashington-Aroostook initiatives, workforce development, training and much more.
Women’s Business Center at Coastal Enterprises – The Women’s Business Center at CEI offers free, confidential business planning resources to Washington County clients out of its Machias office, and is collocated with SCEC to provide one-stop access to the business community. Despite its name, WBC services are non-exclusive to women, and are an excellent resource for anyone looking to start or grow a business.
Washington County Government – SCEC is the official economic development arm of Washington County government. SCEC administers the Washington County Unorganized Territory Tax Increment Financing district on the county’s behalf, and works with the county to promote the region’s overall economic solvency.
Washington County Council of Governments – The Washington County COG and SCEC have teamed up on a number of economic and community development initiatives including the Community Development Block Grant program, GROWashington-Aroostook initiative, and the Brownfields Advisory Committee, which focuses on rehabbing environmentally distressed properties and those which are perceived to be in distress. SCEC and WCCOG also have collaborated on sustainable tourism and transportation projects. WCCOG often assists on projects and initiatives where community planning is involved.
University of Maine at Machias – SCEC and UMM have enjoyed a relationship dating back to the mid 90s when the two organizations founded the Washington County Leadership Institute, which the university continues to support either through sponsorships or through direct participation. UMM and SCEC have also teamed up to offer training and career-advancement programming as part of a joint effort to strengthen the links between education, economic and workforce development.
Washington County Community College – Washington County Community College hosts SCEC’s Calais office and has partnered with the Council on many initiatives. The two organizations collaborate on training and certification courses, and have actively sought ways to broaden access to career-advancement opportunities across the county.