Monday, May 20, 2013
The Associated Press
AUGUSTA — Five more Maine towns and cities have been designated as "business-friendly" by the state.
Yvette Caouette stitches boot uppers at Falcon Performance Footwear in Auburn in this June 5, 2012, photo. Auburn is among five Maine communities to be designated business-friendly by the state.
John Patriquin / Staff Photographer
Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday that Pittsfield, Cumberland, Westbrook, Lewiston and Auburn had earned the designation. They join nine other municipalities that were given the designation in June.
Two municipalities that applied, Ellsworth and Richmond, didn't make the cut.
The communities are evaluated on whether they have a business-friendly approach and have streamlined licensing and permitting requirements and reduced red tape.
They receive road signs so they can tout the award and are promoted by the state as being business-friendly.