Welcome to Our Katahdin

Our Katahdin is a volunteer driven 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 main areas of focus:
Community Development, Entrepreneur Development, Industry Development and Broadband

Learn more about our acquisitions of the former Great Northern Paper mill site and 230 Penobscot Ave. in downtown Millinocket.

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

Community Projects

Project Dugout
Keri York

Seating for Middle School Readers | Middle school English and Language Arts students spend a significant amount of class time reading, including both teacher-chosen and student-chosen books. Reading proficiency, as well as the background knowledge students accumulate by reading, are vital to students’ success in high school and beyond. I know I am doing something right as a teacher when my students walk into class and ask me, “Can we read today?”

Project Dugout | This is the beginning of a plan to spruce-up the dugouts at the baseball and softball fields behind Stearns. Parents, players and volunteers are already working on repairing the roofs, painting and cleaning up the dugouts. Let’s help our baseball and softball players get new benches!

Latest News

Our Katahdin Newsletter - November 2018

Four years ago, Our Katahdin was born. It was born with nothing more than a strong belief in the people and the future of the Katahdin Region. People have been stepping forward with ideas for "small wins" ever since. We've learned a lot since our first fundraiser to decorate the bandstand for Christmas back in 2014, and our optimism for the future of the region has only grown.

As our portfolio of projects continues to grow in complexity, a top priority for us moving forward is to do a better job staying connected, well-informed, and involved in our shared work of moving our region forward. We never want Our Katahdin to be a typical nonprofit organization. We want it to be a movement, driven by diversity in ideas and collective action. This is the first edition of what we intend to be a regular newsletter to highlight the latest news and notify you of upcoming events and opportunities.

EDA Grant

MILLINOCKET, Maine – Our Katahdin has been awarded a $5.3 million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to build critical infrastructure, including roads, water, sewer, power and broadband on the 1,400-acre former Great Northern Paper mill site in Millinocket.

The investment will leverage the site’s competitive advantages, which include access to wood fiber via the Golden Road, reliable hydroelectric power from Brookfield Renewable, rail access via CMQ Railway, wastewater discharge and clean, cold water.

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Boston GlobeMILLINOCKET, Maine — The tidy, white bandstand stands on the edge of a gone-to-seed main street pocked by vacant storefronts where plywood has replaced plate glass, where hope has nearly been chased away by a gut-punched economy on the edge of collapse.

The Great Northern Paper Company — for a century the full-employment guarantor for generations of paper-makers who once made this town hum — built that bandstand...

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LignaTerraFirst Cross Laminated Timber Company in Maine aims to Bring Over 100 Direct Jobs and Increased Demand for State Timber

MILLINOCKET, MAINE – February 12, 2018 – LignaCLT Maine, LLC is pleased to announce they will become the first Maine-based manufacturing company of innovative Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and other mass timber products in our state.

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Our Katahdin President Sean DeWitt with an update on the latest developments at the One Katahdin industrial park.

WifiMILLINOCKET, Maine – (June 30, 2017) – Our Katahdin is pleased to announce that phase one of the community broadband technology plan is underway, and live wifi hotspots will light up Penobscot Avenue just in time for the 4th of July holiday. The project includes placing three wifi hotspots along Millinocket’s main street to provide free wifi service for visitors and locals spending time downtown to visit shops and grab a bite to eat.

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Portland Press HeraldBy CHARLES LAWTON - For at least a generation, economic development in the great North Woods of Maine had to be one of two things – either revitalization of forestry and logging and the industrial mill jobs they supported, or creation of parks and tourist attractions that would provide the economic base of the future. It couldn’t be both, proponents of each side argued.

Parks and tourists, industrial supporters argued, would bring government and regulations that would stifle the logging industry and bar hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and other traditionally easy access to and use of large tracts of forest land not owned by but available to local residents...

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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"