Maine's Capital Area

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The Kennebec Valley spans 23 communities from Maine’s capital city, Augusta, to Gardiner to Windsor to Monmouth to Readfield and everywhere in between. An original 1629 Pilgrim settlement, Augusta is both the capital city of the Pine Tree State and the service center of a Micropolitan with 75,000 residents. Maine’s capital area is rich in history, culture, art, educational resources, dining, industry, and retail shopping. In the Kennebec Valley, you experience the kind of Maine we usually keep for ourselves.

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The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce is a business association of some 700 businesses, industries and organizations in the capital area. The Chamber's teamwork approach is key in building a stronger economy, better business environment and higher quality of life for the 23-community area.

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Mailing address: Secretary of State, Motor Vehicle Division, State House Station 29, Augusta, Maine 04333-0029.

Phone: (207) 624-9000.

Location: 19 Anthony Avenue, Augusta, Maine.

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School systems within the Capital Area are strongly committed to the educational, social and personal development of our children. Our schools are noted for fine academic programs, which have prepared students for the best colleges in the country. To meet the needs of a diverse student population, our schools offer special needs and honors programs, as well as alternative programs for students interested in exploring non-traditional environments. For more information, contact the Superintendent's Office of the City or Town of interest.


Lithgow Library

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Health services in this central part of the state are provided by the Augusta and Waterville campuses of MaineGeneral Health, which includes a teaching unit associated with Dartmouth Medical School. MaineGeneral opened a state-of-the-art Alfond Cancer Care Center in Augusta in 2007 and in 2013 completed its $312 million hospitals in Augusta to serve a population of 180,000 primarily in Kennebec and Somerset Counties. Other health facilities include the VA Maine Healthcare System, Home Resources of Maine, HealthReach Network home services, and a number of others.


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While the government provides nearly four of every ten jobs in the region, other large employers include major distribution companies, health organizations, the state's largest electric utility headquarters, natural gas headquarters, financial institutions, growing retail center, and statewide non-profit associations' headquarters.      

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Interstate 95, the backbone of highway transportation in Maine, makes its way through the region allowing for easy, quick access to the rest of Maine and beyond. In addition, many other major highways converge in the Capital helping to make it a true center of commerce and travel.

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