Community Economic Development

               

The mission of Castine’s town government is to provide services and resources essential to public safety and a functional economy (economic development) to its nearly 1,400 citizens. We are a supportive and welcoming community that offers a variety of recreational and cultural activities, reasonable access to transportation and excellent public and private educational opportunities in the immediate area.  Our diverse and well-educated workforce and heritage of hard work and ingenuity make us an attractive choice for businesses.  As the home of nationally recognized Maine Maritime Academy, Castine is particularly appealing for those in the fields of marine services and technologies.

Our Visitors Center, located on Castine’s scenic waterfront, has become the hub of economic development activity. While serving as a venue where visitors arrive by bike, boat or vehicle to learn more about our village, it has simultaneously become a rallying point for the Castine Merchants Association (CMA) and a source of pride for our town. The CMA rents the space and covers all operating cost. The Visitors Center has also spawned the purchase of Scarlett, a low-speed vehicle operated by the Castine Touring Company, which provides transportation from the waterfront and volunteer guided tours around our historic town.

In the first two seasons, the Visitors Center hosted over 3,000 visitors from all 50 states and 24 foreign countries. The Center is open from Memorial Day Weekend through September. Hours of operation are 9-4, Monday thru Saturday and 12-4 Sundays. Come in so our volunteers can tell you what is so special about our town.

 

Castine: Open for business

 

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Upcoming Events

Monday, June 1
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, June 1  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor Mtg Monday, June 1  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Tentative Agenda:
    1) Approve Liquor License Request for Extension of License on Premises - MMA Sodexo

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Tuesday, June 2
  • CHPC Mtg = CANCELLED Tuesday, June 2  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    No applications received.

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Monday, June 8
  • Historical Society Opens for the Season Monday, June 8 Castine Historical Society

    June 8 – October 12: Risky Business: Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish. This 2020 Maine Bicentennial exhibit invites visitors to step back in time to the 1800s when Castine’s working waterfront thrived on a global market. Shipyards and a dozen active wharves stood along  Castine Harbor. Chandleries and sailmakers outfitted schooners and square-riggers amidst the smell of tar, fish and wood. Castine merchants and shipowners ran an effective and largely self-contained international trade in fish, cotton, and salt from about 1820-1860. The exhibit looks at the many risks faced by the men and women sailing wooden ships across the open ocean to carry merchandise to distant ports. 

    Exhibit schedule and hours can be found at castinehistoricalsociety.org.

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  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, June 8  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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Wednesday, June 10
  • Harbor Committee Wednesday, June 10  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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Thursday, June 11
  • Planning Board Mtg Thursday, June 11  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    To consider the following application(s):
    1) Stephen & Elizabeth Lieser; 121 Battle, M20 L4; Building a single family home & earthwork estimate for project in excess of 120 CY.

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