Economic Development


Orono - A Job Center

Orono is part of the Bangor metropolitan area and, as home to the University of Maine, is a job center in its own right. More than 6,300 people work in Orono, including the University (2,400 employees), senior housing and student residential facilities, industrial concerns such as Shaw and Tenney (wooden oars and paddles), Byer Manufacturing (outdoor recreational and camping furniture), the financial headquarters of University Credit Union, and the retail-hotel-service districts in Downtown Orono and along the Stillwater Avenue corridor off Exit 193 of Interstate 95.

The Maine Tech Industrial Park off Exit 193 is home to a variety of office-based and RandD businesses, including the UpStart Center for Economic Development, a joint venture between the Bangor Target Area Development Corporation and the University of Maine.

The Orono Economic Development Corporation was established in 2000 to assist in the financing and development of a modern call center in the Maine Tech Industrial Park. OEDC is in the midst of developing new opportunities with which it can assist. OEDC tracks major properties available in Orono. In addition, with the redevelopment of the former Katahdin Building site in Downtown as the new headquarters for University Credit Union, two opportunities have become available: space within the new building itself (PDF) and UCU's former technology space (PDF) on Park Street

Development Opportunities

Maine Technology Industrial Park: Several development opportunities remain in the Maine Tech Industrial Park.

Kelley Road Business Park (PDF): This proposed business park - 8 lots on 30 acres - is located at I-95 Exit 191, just north of Bangor Mall area. The park is fully permitted.

Contact Kyle Drexler, Town Planner, for more information on development and business opportunities in Orono.

Orono Businesses are asked if they want to advertise at UMaine athletic events 

The Town of Orono is interested in partnering with UMaine Athletics and the City of Old Town to offer a unique marketing opportunity to Orono businesses. An informational meeting was held at the Alfond Arena on July 27th. Over twenty people attended to learn more about the opportunity. The accompanying video is the PowerPoint presentation used at the meeting. Any Orono businesses that want to learn more about this unique opportunity should contact Mitch Stone at the Orono Community Development office at 207-889-6914 or

Orono has seen quite the increase in local breweries and tasting rooms in the last few years, and thanks to the team at Orono Brewing Company, the expansion is only beginning! Abe and Heather Furth, along with Mark Horton and Asa Marsh-Sachs have recently purchased an old industrial building located at 61 Margin Street right here in Orono. The building was previously owned by Lane Construction and was used to crush rock and make cement. The Furths and their co-owners are excited to reclaim this old building and introduce some new uses to that area of town.
With the success they have experienced at Woodman's Bar & GrillVerve, and OBC on Main Street they have all been instrumental in breathing new life into the Orono restaurant and foodie scene. Congratulations to the entire OBC team, we are so glad to have you as some of the many exceptional business owners in Orono! To read more about OBC's next adventure check out this Bangor Daily News article, this piece done by WABI TV5.