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Updated: November 22, 2021

Waterville broker Don Plourde named central Maine’s developer of the year

Central Maine Growth Council presented its annual 2021 Developer of the Year award to Don Plourde, broker and co-owner of Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate in Waterville. 

The award was presented at the council’s annual meeting, sponsored by Central Maine Motors, Kennebec Savings Bank, MaineGeneral Health, New Dimensions Federal Credit Union and Huhtamaki.

Plourde was recognized for his passion in developing central Maine through commercial real estate, exemplified by his commitment to growing businesses and supporting economic and community development throughout the region, according to a news release.

Courtesy / Central Maine Growth Council
Don Plourde, broker and co-owner of Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate.

The council said Plourde’s investments within the region — most recently including the acquisition of  36 Main St. and 70 Main St. in downtown Waterville — have made significant contributions to the local economy and are expected to support further investment and new business development opportunities.

“The city of Waterville is poised to continue its trend of revitalization and renaissance due to key private sector stakeholders like Don,” said Garvan Donegan, the council’s director of planning, innovation, and economic development. “Similarly, his commitment to regional betterment extends beyond development and associated business expansion and growth initiatives, but is equally reflected in community projects and the innumerable volume of new families and young professionals that have been welcomed into the area housing market, including throughout COVID-19, where Don has transitioned new rural remote workers and Maine ‘boomerangers’ across the country into our local economy.”

Donegan called Plourde “a champion of the region.”

A Winslow native, Plourde opened Coldwell Banker Plourde in 1989, growing from a staff of two to more than 20 today. He serves on the Maine Real Estate Commission, where he previously served as the organization’s board chairman. 

He has served on several boards throughout central Maine, including Waterville Development Corp., Maine State Housing, Winslow Capital Planning Committee, and Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, where he served as the organization’s chairman in 1998. Acknowledging the Plourde’s many years of community betterment and service, Plourde and his wife Irene, also a real estate professional, were recognized as the 2016 Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service winners. 

“Having the ability to contribute to the vitality and success of the region has been my life’s work, and I could not have done it without the support from the community and my family,” he said.

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