News and notes from
The Partnership and NMDC
Volume 3, Issue 142
April 22, 2016
  • Ed to Industry
  • EoY Nominations
Time Running Out to Nominate a Person for Aroostook's Entrepreneur of the Year
   AROOSTOOK COUNTY — There is still time to nominate people for the Aroostook Entrepreneur of the Year award, but the deadline to do so is rapidly approaching.
   The Aroostook Partnership, in conjunction with the four institutions of higher education in the region, is once again looking for exceptional entrepreneurs in Aroostook County and are soliciting nominations for the 2016 Aroostook Entrepreneur of the Year.
   The Aroostook’s Entrepreneur – 2016 Award will be given to a business leader who demonstrates excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation and personal commitment to their business and community. A notable change this year is an increase in prize money, which will now be awarded to the top three finalists. The nominees will be recognized and the winner will receive a plaque and a check for $1,000 at a special recognition dinner later this spring at Northern Maine Community College. Second and third runners up will receive $500 and $250 respectively.
   Partnership Chairman Chris Anderson said Entrepreneur of the Year is very important for the organization and Aroostook.
   “The Aroostook Partnership is about fostering prosperity,” he said. “Prosperity occurs when organizations grow and employ people. Communities thrive when prosperity occurs. Entrepreneurs create new organizations therefore; the Aroostook Partnership celebrates our entrepreneurs as catalysts for our communities’ future prosperity.”
   Nominations must be received by April 29, 2016. There is no fee for nominations and self-nominations are encouraged. Previous nominees are eligible to be nominated again. Program details and a nomination form are available for download at
New "Education to Industry" Initiative from the Aroostook Partnership
Teacher-Business Socials to Start

    FORT FAIRFIELD – The Aroostook Partnership is gearing up for its first ever teacher-business social to be held at Boondocks in Fort Fairfield on May 4.
   Aroostook Partnership and CEO Bob Dorsey said the idea for the socials came from the “Education to Industry” working group. The first in a series of informal gatherings will be with select educators from Limestone, Fort Fairfield and Easton is a way of linking business leaders with teachers to discuss employment opportunities, business information, and careers in the region and what skills their workplace requires.
   “This effort is a continuation of a broader campaign to increase County business and employment awareness to ultimately increase retention efforts to secure our future workforce,” explained Dorsey. “The first step was holding education summits to emphasize the importance of internships and the second was creating the ‘Opportunities Aroostook’ website to allow employers the ability to post jobs online. This is the next step in a series of 2016 Partnership efforts to increase awareness of growing job opportunities in Aroostook.”
   The Partnership has been compiling data on jobs, turnover rates and economic trends, which will be on display as well as provided to educators and guidance counselors at these socials. Officials with Cary Medical Center, MMG, TAMC, Pineland Farms, Emera Maine, FA Peabody, McCains, ReEnegry, K-Pel and possibly others will be available to talk to the teachers.
   “We want to do two things in this effort – one, provide teachers with employment info that they can share with their students and two, say thank you to them for their hard work in teaching our future workforce by providing some free appetizers and a drink or two in a relaxed informal setting,” added Dorsey.
   An electronic newsletter is also being developed to reach out to educators in Aroostook County, which will focus on emerging jobs, the history of the region and to highlight an educator, who is going above and beyond to stimulate the minds of Aroostook County youngsters.
   Additional teacher-business socials are planned to be held in the St. John Valley and Southern Aroostook in the future. The Partnership will also hold an “Education to Industry” summit this fall. The Aroostook Partnership has held two previous summits, but unlike those, this will be held at night to encourage additional teacher attendance.
   Dorsey said the ultimate goal of the “Education to Industry” work is to grow the 20- to 44-year-old workforce in Aroostook County and provide a more skilled workforce for emerging jobs and those open due to retirements.
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