GPCOG Economic Development District
In 2011, GPCOG was designated by the Economic Development Administration as an Economic Development District (EDD) serving 26 communities in Cumberland County. The region’s 256,656 people represent 19% of Maine’s population and its 155,431 jobs represent 27% of its employment. As an EDD, one of our core responsibilities is the creation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the GPCOG region. To fulfill that mission, GPCOG, in collaboration with the other six EDD’s, is implementing Mobilize Maine, a grassroots economic strategy that focuses on leveraging unique assets within each region for economic growth and quality of place.
As a federally designated Economic Development District (EDD), GPCOG receives $55,000 of EDA funds with a 100% match from member dues providing $110,000 in economic development planning services. Some EDA infrastructure projects are funded through the EDD. Recent examples include the creation of public infrastructure at Thompson’s Point and the Portland Biotechnology Park on Rand Road in Portland, and improvements at the Five Star Industrial Park in Westbrook.
As an Economic Development District, one of our core responsibilities is the creation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the GPCOG region.