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

 

News and Events

Town Calendar

Tuesday, November 20
  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up 7:00 am at  
Thursday, November 22
  • Town Office & Transfer Station CLOSED - Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 23
  • Town Office & Transfer Station CLOSED - Thanksgiving Holiday
Sunday, November 25
  • Flying Santa 10:25 am at   Fort George
Monday, November 26
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up 7:30 am at  
  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle 11:00 am at   Witherle Memorial Libray
Tuesday, November 27
  • Shawl Ministry 1:00 pm at   Trinitarian Congregational Parish
Wednesday, November 28
  • Castine Town Band Christmas Concert 7:00 pm at   Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine
Monday, December 3
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up 7:30 am at  
  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle 11:00 am at   Witherle Memorial Libray
  • German Christmas Horn Concert: Remembering the Hessians at Fort George 3:00 pm at   Trinitarian Congregational Church
  • Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor Mtg 4:00 pm at   Emerson Hall, 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
Tuesday, December 4
  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up 7:30 am at  
Wednesday, December 5
  • School board meeting 3:00 pm at   Adams School
Friday, December 7
  • Holly Berry Fair 4:00 pm at   Emerson Hall
Monday, December 10
  • MMA Final Exam Week
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up 7:30 am at  
  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle 11:00 am at   Witherle Memorial Libray
  • A Castine Christmas Celebration 7:00 pm at   Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Tuesday, December 11
  • MMA Final Exam Week
  • Shawl Ministry 1:00 pm at   Trinitarian Congregational Parish
Wednesday, December 12
  • MMA Final Exam Week
  • MMA Holiday Open House 3:30 pm at   Leavitt Hall
  • MMA / Sodexo's Holiday Dinner 4:30 pm at   MMA Dining Hall
Thursday, December 13
  • MMA Final Exam Week
  • Adams School Winter Concert 5:30 pm at   Emerson Hall, 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
Friday, December 14
  • MMA Final Exam Week
Saturday, December 15
  • MMA Winter Break Begins
Monday, December 17
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up 7:30 am at  
  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle 11:00 am at   Witherle Memorial Libray
  • Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor Mtg 4:00 pm at   Emerson Hall, 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
Tuesday, December 18
  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up 7:30 am at