Our Partners

The Community Caring Collaborative

Their mission is to nurture and sustain collaboration that expands resources and increases hope, health, and well-being for people in Washington County, Maine. The challenges of poverty, trauma, substance abuse, major health issues, the process of aging, or other factors can make people vulnerable. Their focus is on increasing awareness of the impacts of those challenges, removing barriers to well-being that diminish potential and hope, and increasing opportunities to help people reach their dreams.

(207) 214-8434

Women's Business Center at CEI

The Women’s Business Center at CEI offers experienced, knowledgeable business specialists who can help you at any stage of your business, from start-up to expansion. Within a setting that respects your experience, skills, and learning style, we assist you in building business skills through access to timely, accurate, tailored information and resources.

Machias Office: (207) 241-5592
Portland Office: (2-7 504-5899
Farmington Office: (207) 241-5593


CEI integrates financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions to help grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and other rural regions. CEI envisions a world in which communities are economically and environmentally healthy, enabling all people, especially those with low incomes, to reach their full potential.

(207) 504-5900

Maine Community Foundation

The Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. The community foundation is committed to serve all of Maine; demonstrate respect for people and places; achieve quality and integrity in everything we do and remain nonpartisan.

Ellsworth: (207) 667-9735
Portland: (207) 667-9735

Washington County CareerCenter

Whether you’re looking for your first job, trying to find another job or striving for a better job. Maine CareerCenters provide a variety of employment and training services at no charge to help you in your search. You do not need to be claiming unemployment benefits or be out of work to use our services. Give us a call, send us an email or stop on by. We’ll take a look at each step of your career-decision process and make recommendations as to which CareerCenter resources might be most helpful in your situation.

(207) 263-7981

Healthy Acadia

Healthy Acadia works on a broad range of community health initiatives that help Hancock and Washington Counties to thrive. Since 2001, they have convened and facilitated numerous collaborative community efforts with shared leadership from many sectors.

(207) 255-3741

Downeast Institute

Improves the quality of life for the people of downeast and coastal Maine through marine research, marine science education, and innovations in wild and cultured fisheries.

(207) 497-5769

Eastern Maine Development Corporation

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) is a non-profit organization that provides three much-needed services to the Region. Business Services, Community Services, and Workforce Services all come together to create a team of staff who make a difference in the community every day.

(207) 942-6389

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities, and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners.

Main Office: (207) 729-7366
Mount Desert Office: (207) 244-5100
Downeast Office: (207) 259-5040

Mano en Mano

In the early 1990s, Milbridge experienced a rapid influx of migrant farmworkers who decided to leave the “migrant stream” and settle in Downeast Maine. In response to the needs of the Milbridge community’s newest members, the Milbridge Public Library, Town Office, and schools began to offer educational programs, basic resources, and potlucks open to all. These programs quickly expanded to include language classes and an afterschool program, and, in 2005, Mano en Mano was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization.

Today, Mano en Mano serves the communities of Milbridge and greater Washington County including this residential population of former migrant farmworkers and their families.

(207) 546-3006

Washington County Development Authority

The Washington County Development authority was established by the Second regular Session of the 120th Maine Legislature as Chapter 568 of the Laws of Maine 2001. The authority was established in response to the need to create a state entity that could take title to the former Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in cutler, Maine from the United States Navy. Since that time, the legislation was amended to broaden the scope of the authority’s mission to allow the Authority to provide financial and technical assistance to any governmental entity and nonprofit located within Washington County in support of community and economic development projects. Representation was expanded to include all municipalities in Washington County, including the unorganized territories.


University of Maine at Machias

Through their Environmental Liberal Arts core, distinctive baccalaureate programs, and student-centered community, the University of Maine at Machias creates enriching educational opportunities that prepare graduates for professional success and lifelong engagement with the world. UMM embodies an active community of diverse learners who share a commitment to exploration, leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary problem-solving. Inspired by our unique coastal location, UMM’s creative energy, applied research, and community engagement enhance the social, cultural, economic, and natural environments of the State of Maine.

(207) 255-1200

Northern Maine Development Commission

The Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is a membership organization comprised of participating communities and counties in the Aroostook Washington Economic Development District.

NMDC provides federal and state services at the regional and local levels. NMDC also provides management and support for Aroostook County Tourism (ACT), Aroostook Municipal Association (AMA), and Aroostook Partnership.

(207) 498-8736

Maine Small Business Development Centers

The Maine SBDC program helps build and strengthen small businesses through business advising, training and educational resources. Certified business advisors provide guidance on topics such as business feasibility, business plan development, capital acquisition, financial management, marketing and sales, e-commerce, customer service, personnel management, small business strategic planning and more.

The Maine SBDC is a program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and the University of Southern Maine. Accredited by America’s Small Business Development Centers, the Maine SBDC operates a network of service centers in partnerships with the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, CEI and Northern Maine Development Commission. Our experienced advisors are certified by the New England Professional Development Group (NEPD).

(207) 780-4420

USDA Farm Service Agency

Farm Service Agency is equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans.

(207) 255-3612

Maine Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

(207) 622-8551

Machias Savings Bank

Machias Savings Bank has been fostering long lasting customer relationships throughout Maine since 1869. As one of the oldest and most firmly established community banks in Maine, Machias Savings Bank is successful because we are experienced professionals, committed to providing exceptional customer service while staying true to our small town roots. The truth is all banks offer similar products and services. What sets Machias Savings Bank apart is our dedicated staff of professionals and the exceptional level of customer service we provide, and that you deserve!

We are Machias Savings Bank…Experienced people. Exceptional service.


Washington County Adult and Community Education

Washington County Adult and Community Education is a collaborative, innovative and technology-driven organization that advances the life-long educational and professional development of businesses and residents while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of the diverse community.


Phone: 207-255-4917 or 207-370-4139

Email: info@wcadulteducation.com


Washington County Government

The Washington County Commission is made up of three commissioners which represent Washington County. Each commissioner is elected to a four year term and serves constituents from one of three districts.

(207) 255-3127

Downeast Community Partners

DCP brings community resources together to help people in Washington and Hancock counties to achieve self -sufficiency and a better quality of life.

Machias Office: (207) 259-5015
Bucksport Road Office: (207) 664-2424
Ellsworth Office: (207) 664-2424


College of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy—human ecology. A human ecological perspective integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and from personal experience to investigate—and ultimately improve—the relationships between human beings and our social and natural communities. The human ecological perspective guides all aspects of education, research, activism, and interactions among the college’s students, faculty, staff, and trustees.

The College of the Atlantic community encourages, prepares, and expects students to gain expertise, breadth, values, and practical experience necessary to achieve individual fulfillment and to help solve problems that challenge communities everywhere.

The faculty, students, trustees, staff, and alumni of College of the Atlantic envision a world where people value creativity, intellectual achievement, and the diversity of nature and human cultures. With respect and compassion, individuals will construct meaningful lives for themselves, gain appreciation for the relationships among all forms of life, and safeguard the heritage of future generations.

(207) 288-5015

Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism

DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism is a collaboration of organizations working together to market and promote the DownEast Acadia region (all of Washington and Hancock Counties, from Bucksport to Danforth) to potential visitors both within and outside of Maine.

Member organizations include non-profits and business associations across Washington and Hancock Counties engaged in tourism, education, and economic and community development.  Partners include numerous small businesses and organizations across the region.

(207) 546-3600
(888) 665-3278

Downeast Salmon Federation

Downeast Salmon Federation’s mission is to conserve wild Atlantic salmon, other sea-run fish and their habitats, restore a viable recreational salmon fishery, and protect other important river, scenic, recreational, and ecological resources in eastern Maine.

(207) 483-4336

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Rebuilding and maintaining Eastern Maine fisheries requires all-hands-on-deck co-management of the marine and river ecosystem, work that will be shared by fishermen, community-based groups, scientists, and tribal, state and federal fisheries managers. The result will be fishing that is able to adapt so well that productivity of the ecosystem is sustained, even as the climate and oceans change. At the same time, the shoreside economy that supports and is supported by fishing will be structured for a diverse, high-value catch and rapid response to changing conditions. Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries will have a key role piloting and facilitating this globally significant co-management system.

(207) 367-2708

Maine Development Foundation

The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) is a private, non-partisan membership organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for the State of Maine. MDF’s strategic focus is a productive workforce. We believe that a productive worker is one that is educated, healthy, innovative, and engaged in their community and the economy.

MDF stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues by:

  • Empowering leaders
  • Strengthening communities
  • Guiding public policy with trusted economic research

Created in statute in 1978, MDF is a unique and trusted non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. MDF works statewide across all sectors.

(207) 622-6345

Maine Farmland Trust

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances farming. Our goal is not just to protect Maine farmland, but to revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers, and their communities, thrive.

(207) 338–6575


Manomet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Manomet builds science-based, cooperative solutions to environmental problems. Manomet’s scientists and staff work from our headquarters in Plymouth, MA, and offices located in Maine, Alaska, Delaware, Vermont, Washington, Chile, and Paraguay.

Manomet was founded in 1969 as the “Manomet Bird Observatory,” and our work in bird conservation remains renowned. Over the past 25 years, we expanded our work into forestry and agriculture to tackle environmental conservation; in the last ten, we added a sustainable economies program to improve the balance between nature and the economy.

Brunswick Office: (207) 721-9040
Headquarters: (508) 224-6521

Washington County Community College
Washington County Community College serves as an educational, community, and economic development resource for Washington County and beyond by providing educational opportunities with individualized attention to all who desire to gain technical skills, develop career specializations, engage in self-improvement, and/or prepare for transfer.

(207) 454-1000

Northern Forest Center

The Northern Forest Center advocates for the Northern Forest region and helps its communities benefit from forest-based economic and conservation initiatives.

(603) 229-0679

Maine APEX Accelerator

Maine APEX Accelerator (formerly Maine PTAC) program is hosted by Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC). Our professional government procurement technical assistance services are provided by EMDC and our sub-recipient, Northern Maine Development Commission.

APEX trained counselors work from offices located throughout the state. If you are interested in making selling to the government part of your company’s overall business portfolio, our professional staff will give you the technical assistance that you need.

Maine APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DOD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the APEX Accelerator does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DOD or DLA.

(207) 942-6389

Maine Sea Grant

The University of Maine is a designated Sea Grant College. Since 1971, Sea Grant has been supporting marine science for Maine people. They are one of 33 NOAA Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states. The network is a powerful resource for sharing information and solving problems.

They are focused on Maine’s coastal communities. In partnership with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, members of the Marine Extension Team work on issues of concern to Maine’s coastal communities. A 25-member policy advisory committee helps identify stakeholder needs and ensures that our work is relevant to the people of Maine.

They sponsor scientific research that matters to those who depend on Maine’s coastal and marine resources. Learn more about current research projects and funding opportunities.

They develop tomorrow’s marine workforce through formal and informal education programs, fellowships and scholarships.

(207) 581-1435

USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through their programs, they help rural Americans in many ways. They offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. They offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. They provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. We help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.

(207) 990-9160