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June 10, 2020

Ashland area launches economic development corp. to foster job growth

Courtesy / AAEDC An aerial view of Ashland, where a new economic development corporation is working to generate job growth and other opportunities.
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Seven business and civic leaders with longstanding ties to the Aroostook County town of Ashland have formed the Ashland Area Economic Development Corp., a nonprofit whose mission is to expand jobs, recreation and economic opportunities for the region.

The 501(c)(4) organization held its first annual meeting in April and elected as president and board chair Don Tardie, an Ashland resident, retired forest products executive and co-founder of a previous local economic development committee, according to a news release Tuesday.

Also elected to the board of directors were Carol Bell, Ralph Dwyer, Mark Rafford, Kay Rand, Steven St. Pierre and Paul Towle.

“The board is a group of individuals committed to a robust future for Ashland, and is motivated to work tirelessly and voluntarily to attract investments in our forest- and recreation-based economies,” Tardie said. 

The AAEDC plans to coordinate its activities with town officials, and its board may grow to represent other towns in the region, the release noted.

Ashland, with about 1,200 residents, is 20 miles west of Presque Isle and borders Masardis and Portage Lake.

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