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Strong Workforce. Diverse Economic Base.

The nature of work we do here has changed over the years, but the quality of workers is as strong as ever. No longer dependent on one or two key industries, our economic base is increasingly diverse and strong. Did you know that our Chamber of Commerce boasts over 700 members — more than any other in the state? Or that we have 11 industrial parks, 6 of which were developed by the Cities or their municipal authorities? Or that our annual business-to-business trade show draws several thousand visitors each year? Or that we’re the major transportation hub for the state? If you like to work, you’ll like L-A!

Sahro Hassan (center) surrounded by friends and family modeling her designs. Reporter Tracy Mumford, April 28, 2014 Sahro Hassan sticks out, which is hard to do when you’re maybe five feet tall. This girl wears cheetah print on cheetah print. Her skirt’s like a disco ball. Sahro is a Somali immigrant, one of thousands who immigrated to the United […]

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Roasting A Great Falls Coffee

by GeneGeiger on March 28, 2014

Michael Dupuis opened Great Falls Coffee Roasters in Lewiston’s Pepperell Mill after roasting beans for himself the past ten years. “Lewiston-Auburn needed a roaster,” said Dupuis, who focused his business strategy on keeping things local. “I like having a social aspect to what I do,” said Michael Dupuis, who will donate 15 percent of every […]

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Boston Brands Settles In White Rock Facility

by GeneGeiger on March 26, 2014

The former White Rock Distilleries is now Boston Brands of Maine, and instead of turning out rum and flavored vodka, its star alcohol will be Maine-made, Maine-sold coffee brandy. In 2010, White Rock Distilleries had won the city of Lewiston’s Economic Achievement Award. On Tuesday, Economic and Community Development Director Lincoln Jeffers was glad to […]

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Lou Gosselin: A Great Citizen Retires

by GeneGeiger on March 25, 2014

Lucien Gosselin, president of the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, looks over a project in his Lisbon Street office Monday. Gosselin plans to retire at the end of June. Few people know Lewiston and Auburn as does Lou Gosselin.  Few people have contributed more than he has over his long and multifaceted career.  He retires in […]

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Returning Home For Quality Of Life

by GeneGeiger on March 8, 2014

Downeast Machine & Engineering project engineer Tyson LaRochelle, right, talks about an in-line pipe mixer he designed at the Mechanic Falls company with production manager Rob Parsons. Tyson LaRochelle left Maine after high school drawn to big city life and to future his education.  During college, he had internships at firms like Lockheed Martin, but […]

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