Who We Are

SCEC Building at 7 Ames Way in Machias, ME

SCEC offices, Ames Way, Machias, ME


The Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) initiates and facilitates the creation of jobs and prosperity in Washington County, Maine, by working with a consortium of community-minded businesses, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and citizens.


SCEC was founded in 1993 by a group of business and community leaders and actively promotes a grassroots approach to economic and community development. By seeking common ground, working across traditional political, municipal and economic boundaries, the Council is working with Washington County residents to build a brighter future.

Guiding Principles for Supporting Development

Diversifying the commercial and industrial base sustain our region’s economy. Thus, SCEC promotes development of projects in the region. This may be in the form of advising on financing packages, technical assistance, business support resources, site location, testing workforce availability, providing project management or other assistance as necessary to support a particular project.

SCEC staff at retreat in December 2023

SCEC staff retreat, December 2023

When SCEC is called on to take an active role on a project such as support, advocacy, endorsement, or project management assistance, the following serve as guidelines to assist the Board in advancing our mission by becoming involved in a project:


The number and quality of jobs created should be consistent with the scale of the development. Business planning should demonstrate a workforce is on hand, or can be made available with necessary training, and that the jobs are sustainable over the projected life of the project.


The project should have a high likelihood of success, evidenced by technical expertise, management capabilities, and financial capacity for development and operation.


The project’s net impact on the region’s natural resources, public infrastructure and community institutions will be positive or neutral. This can be achieved through project planning, mitigation, net gains in tax revenue, and other means.


The project’s principals must demonstrate their commitment to Washington County by working with community-based constituencies to maximize the positive impact of the project on the region

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