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.


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Upcoming Events

Monday, October 21
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, October 21  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, October 21  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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  • Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers of the Poor Mtg Monday, October 21  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    • Call to Order – Peter Vogell, Chair
    • Additions, deletions or corrections to the agenda
    • Sign Warrant(s) and Abatements; review Budget v. Actual, Trial Balance Sheets, Bank Reconciliations and Excise Tax Collections
    • Approve Minutes of previous meeting(s)
    • Business:
    1. Approve to renew Liquor License – MMA Sodexo Operations, LLC
    2. Approve the November 5th Election Warrant
    3. Approve November 5th Ballot Clerks
    4. Discussion regarding removing Davit at the Acadia dock as recommended by the Harbor Committee
    5. Town Manager’s Report
    6. Other Business as Required
    • Communications
    • Acknowledge members of the public and address their requests, if any.
    • Past Actions
    • Selectboard Comments
    • Schedule next meeting(s): [Selectboard Mtg(s): Monday, 11/4/19 at 4PM and Monday, 11/18/19 at 4PM; T/G Mtg: Wednesday, 11/20/19 at 8AM in MMA Leeward RM]
    • Adjourn

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Wednesday, October 23
  • T/G Mtg Wednesday, October 23  8:00 am - 9:00 am 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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Friday, October 25
  • Floats OUT Friday, October 25 Town Dock, 91 Main St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Town & Acadia Dock floats are scheduled to be removed for the season on Friday, October 25th, weather permitting. Please have your dinghy removed by this time.
    Thank you.

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Monday, October 28
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, October 28  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, October 28  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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Tuesday, October 29
  • Shawl Ministry Tuesday, October 29  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Trinitarian Congregational Parish

    Every Tuesday
    FMI: Molly Marks 374-5242

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Wednesday, October 30
  • History Convergence: Preparing for Maine's Bicentennial Wednesday, October 30  9:30 am - 2:30 pm Wilson Museum Hutchins Education Center

    We know your town, museum, historical society or library is planning to celebrate Maine's 200 years of statehood. Save the date of October 30 to learn more about Maine's official entry into the United States, how to better interpret Native history, share what you may already be planning for the Bicentennial, brainstorm new possibilities for the occasion, and discover how we can collaborate to make it the best Bicentennial ever.

    The History Convergence will take place on Wednesday, October 30, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center at 112 Perkins Street. Here's a snapshot of the day's agenda:

    9:30 Registration, coffee/pastries
    9:30-10:30 Brainstorming the Bicentennial: Past and Perspectives on Maine at 200 with Dr. Liam Riordan, University of Maine
    10:45-11:30 Native Representations and Best Practices with Starr Kelly, Abbe Museum Curator
    11:40-12:00 Lightning-round session of current community plans
    12-1:20 Lunch and session Brainstorming Ideas for Your Commemoration with Julia Gray, Independent Consultant
    1:30-2:30 Creating Collaboration and a Virtual Castine History Tour with Castine History Partners
    2:30 Tour Castine's museums or take the Virtual Tour

    Cost is $10 per person to help defray lunch expenses. Register by October 28 so we are able to have an accurate head count for lunch. You may pay on-line or by sending a check payable to the Wilson Museum, P.O. Box 196, Castine, ME 04421. Be sure to include name(s) of attendees and the organization you represent.

    For more information contact Wilson Museum (207-326-9247) or Alvion Kimball (207-469-1140). For Statewide Bicentennial Activities

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Thursday, October 31
  • Annual Halloween Party Thursday, October 31  5:00 pm - 7:30 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Halloween Party:
    Thursday, October 31st from 5-7:30 PM at Emerson Hall.

    Happy Halloween!
    Sponsored by the Castine Recreation Committee and MMA APO Fraternity
    No Haunted House this year

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