Maine's Capital Area

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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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Businesses in the Region

ribbon cutting mainegeneral gardinerRibbon Cutting Ceremony at MaineGeneral Express Care - GardinerWhile government provides nearly four out 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 centers, and statewide non-profit associations’ headquarters.

Manufacturers in the region create computer components, paper products, boats, specialty composites, high-tech and space products, products for vehicles, and a lumber of wood products.

The area is headquarters for the state’s largest electric utility company and includes major distributors for food and flooring.

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

The Capital area has a bright future. With the addition of some major new retailers and the redevelopment of others, the area has grown significantly in the past decade. Augusta is home to the largest open-air shopping center north of Boston along with several other shopping centers.

Starting a Business in the Kennebec Valley

Augusta Pano photo credit to Dave DostieDowntown Augusta ©Dave Dostie PhotographyAs Maine’s capital region, we understand that in order to have a thriving business environment you must have a strong community supporting it. The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 23 communities are full of businesses, leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, volunteers, and citizens who are all committed to the success of the Kennebec Valley.

There is a place for any sort of business in the Kennebec Valley – from a small niche retail business to a large manufacturer or distributor. The cities and towns of the area also have their own Board of Trades, which are focused on promoting economic growth in the area that will result in an increase in jobs and greater revenue. With the community’s support, there is an endless supply of individuals and businesses that are willing to give a helping hand, whether its in the way of services, loans, or advice.

The Kennebec Valley Chamber looks forward to working with you and developing the region that we live in, work in, and love.