Welcome to Our Katahdin

Our Katahdin is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization working to promote community and economic development in the Katahdin region. The core of Our Katahdin is a website for people who love the Katahdin region and believe in its future. Our Katahdin is a connector -- pulling together ideas, people and money to move our community forward. 

We welcome you to learn more about our three main areas of focus:
Community Development, Entrepreneur Development and Industry Development.

Get involved!  Check out our Community ProjectsSubmit Ideas of your own, and Spread the Word to your social networks.

Our Katahdin Investments

Introducing Our Katahdin Investments!

Our Katahdin Investments is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization promoting impact investment in the Katahdin region. Our goal is to generate financial returns and community impact through investments in the bio-based, digital and tourism economies.

To date, Our Katahdin has been crowdsourcing donations. Many of you have donated to our community projects. This is awesome! Now, we are getting ready to provide you with an opportunity to invest in the local region as well.

Why are we doing this? We believe the Katahdin region is ready for community and economic development. Community development requires donations. Lots of them. Economic development requires investment.

We don’t want our future to be owned solely by other people. We want each of us, the people of the Katahdin region, to be able to own part of our future. Welcome to the vision of “Our Katahdin Investments”!



Community Projects

Performing Arts Traveling Sound System | The Millinocket Performing Arts Department is one of the most active and well respected performing arts departments in the state of Maine. Their programs have a long history of excellence dating back to the mid 1970s and even before then.

For the past 10 years their High School after school activities have been open to students from Schenck High School, those include: High School Jazz Band, One Act Play, Fall Musical, and Unified Harmony Show Choir. This has been a very successful and award winning relationship between the two towns and it has brought the two communities together in a great way.

They are currently in need of an upgrade to their traveling sound system. Equipment needed includes an 8 Outlet Rack-mountable Power Conditioner, Behringer X32 Compact Digital Sound Mixer and 2 Pro Co 150' Shielded Cat 5e Ethercon Cables. Learn more about the Performing Arts Department and how this equipment will benefit the youth of our region.

Recent News

Katahdin High Speed Internet SurveyHere's your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to any Katahdin area restaurant!

Our Katahdin is conducting a survey about high speed internet access in the region. Your participation will provide valuable information to help guide planning for state-of-the-art, affordable broadband access. It's quick, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to your favorite local restaurant!

Click here to start the survey. Thank you for your participation!

Maine Accelerates GrowthOur Katahdin is proud to announce our partnership with a new collaborative in the Maine entrepreneurship community, Maine Accelerates Growth.

The Maine Accelerates Growth initiative "accelerates the growth of companies, communities, and talent by funding, creating, and leveraging high impact entrepreneurship and innovation programs and events through a collaborative and complementary network of organizations and individuals propelling prosperity across Maine."

Read more about MxG, its Statewide Coordinator, Jess Knox, and its partners:

· Our Katahdin to join new statewide startup business effort

· Startup community gains influential partner in Maine Community Foundation

BDN BlogsWe believe in the future of the Katahdin region. It won't happen overnight, but as we continue to find new ways to work together, it will happen. Read more about our thoughts for the future of the region, and share your own views and ideas with us: 

· I wanted to know how the Katahdin region could grow, so I asked these 3 key people

· The Katahdin region already has a dream team. It just needs to grow

BDN_Square_FINAL_100x100.jpgA recent Bangor Daily News editorial speaks about the importance of creating an economic strategy for the future of the Katahdin region.

We believe that the Katahdin region can have a prosperous future if all of us, regardless of their views on the national park, pull together a plan of action for community and economic development.

Read the full article...

Our Katahdin was named the Editors’ Choice for Best “By-the-Bootstraps Community Reinvention” in Down East magazine's annual poll of reader and editor favorites, featured in the July 2015 issue. The editors went through a rigorous selection process and Our Katahdin was chosen as top in its category.

The annual “Best of Maine” readers’ awards provide Down East readers and editors the opportunity to recognize their favorite Maine people, places and things around the state.

Read the full press release...

New "Summer in Katahdin" Video

Our Katahdin is happy to present The Maine Outdoor Film Festival in the Katahdin Region!  

The event starts at 7pm at Hathaway's on July 10th. Baxter Brewing Co.New England Outdoor Center, and Doe's Dogs & More are partnering with us to serve food and refreshments.

To show appreciation to the people who have donated to Our Katahdin the event is FREE. Starting today, a $5 donation or more to one of the Summer of Fun projects on Our Katahdin will guarantee admission.

The Maine Community Foundation has awarded a grant of $10,000 to support Our Katahdin in the launch of a leadership incubator for the Katahdin Region.The incubator will be implemented in collaboration with the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center, a higher education facility that has served the region since 1987.

Read full press release...

Waterfront Concert Ticket Giveaway

Donate to any "Our Katahdin" project in March 2015 for a chance to win (2) tickets to a Bangor Waterfront Concert!!!

Head to our Projects page to make an online donation.  Cash donations and checks are accepted at Katahdin Federal Credit Union and Bangor Savings Banks in Millinocket and East Millinocket.

Winner will be drawn on April 1st. 
Tickets generously donated by Waterfront Concerts.
Your choice of concert, subject to availability.

Summertime in Katahdin

Has winter got you down??  Do massive snowstorms every other day leave you feeling cold?  Well, enough with the snow already, it's time to start thinking about summer!  Summer in the Katahdin Region is something special.  After mud and black fly season, we get to enjoy our camping trips, boat rides, hikes and bbq's.  So let's forget about winter and look ahead to the summer sun and time spent together with family and friends.  

Our Katahdin is pleased to announce two projects in collaboration with the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce that will help make this a summer to remember: 4th of July Fireworks and "Mobile Movie Theater 2.0"!

Matching Gifts

Thanks Hampden Electrical, another outstanding supporter of the Katahdin Region, for matching $1000 in donations to Our Katahdin projects.

Hampden Electrical

337 Perry Rd. Suite #1
Bangor, ME 04401

IDEXX, with its continued dedication to the health of Maine communities, has generously matched $1500 in donations to
Revitalize Hillcrest Park IDEXX Laboratories

Thank you Lisa Caruso and Jay Peavey for generously matching $500 in donations to the
Katahdin Area Communal Gardens
Peavy Realty "Your Professional Realtor Creating Results That Will Move You"