Doing Business

Orono welcomes business in Town. Here are a few helpful things to know.

Utilities
Public water supply (Orono-Veazie Water District), public sewer service, and natural gas (Bangor Gas) are available throughout most of the built-up part of Town. Emera Maine supplies electrical service. High speed internet service is widely available, and cell phone coverage is good, with towers within the Town's boundaries.

Zoning
Several sections of Orono are zoned (PDF) for commerce and industry, including in the vicinity of Exits 191 and 193 of Interstate 95; Downtown; a section of Park Street near the University of Maine; Ayers Island (former mill site); and several neighborhood commercial areas. Home occupations are allowed throughout most of the Town, with review by the Planning Board.

Business Parks
Lots and spaces are available in the Maine Tech Industrial Park. In addition, engineering and design have begun for a new 30-acre professional office park off Kelley Road at Exit 191 of I-95. Contact Evan Richert, Town Planner, for information.

Start-ups
The Target Technology Incubator, jointly developed by the University of Maine and the Bangor Target Area Development Corporation, is located in the Maine Tech Industrial Park. Downtown Orono is also a great place for start-ups, close to services, the University, and amenities.

Codes
Orono follows the 2009 International Building Code.

Orono Economic Development Corporation
OEDC was established to develop and maintain a modern call center in the Maine Tech Industrial Park. Its Board of Directors is in the process of looking for additional opportunities to stimulate job growth in Orono.

Eastern Maine Development Corporation
Orono is within the service area of EMDC, which provides technical and financial assistance to businesses.