Economic Development

Our Town has been a treasured destination for hundreds of years, embraced by the mountains and the sea, with freshwater ponds sprinkled across. It’s no wonder that the value of property has risen steadily and significantly over the past several decades. As a result, the town has lost much of its year-round residential population, most notably in the village of Northeast Harbor, and the local economy has increasingly shifted its focus to the seasonal market.

With limited affordable housing stock and insufficient year-round population to attract businesses, Mount Desert is reckoning with a critical threat to our sense of community. Preserving community without sacrificing its natural beauty, charming character, or its heritage demands a collaborative effort from year-round and seasonal residents alike.

We have developed a series of economic development programs to help bolster the local economy. To read more click below:

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