Mount Desert 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 and the local economy has increasingly shifted its focus to the seasonal market. Economic development in Mount Desert are needed now more than ever.
With limited affordable housing and insufficient year-round population to attract businesses, Mount Desert is reckoning with a critical threat. Preserving community without sacrificing its natural beauty, charming character, or its heritage demands a collaborative effort from year-round and seasonal residents alike.
In response to this threat, we have developed a series of programs to spur economic development in Mount Desert. To learn more about each program, click below: