Economic Development


Economic Development Orono! A Smart Idea

Check out Orono Economic Development Corporation's latest ad (PDF) in the 2015 edition of Mainebiz's Fact Book.

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 Target Technology Center and its incubator, 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 - now occupied by Nexxlinx - 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 Evan Richert, Town Planner, for more information on development and business opportunities in Orono.