Economic Strategic Plan
Bangor, Maine

On October 12, 2021, the City of Bangor signed a contract with Better City to develop an economic development strategic plan. The objective of the strategic plan is to enable this Maine city to take control of its economic progress, set clear and achievable economic development objectives, and design policies and programs to achieve those objectives.

The City identified three main questions to be answered by the strategic plan: 

  1. Who and where are we? What is our community? Our current economic base?

  2. Which direction should we go? How do we expand the economic base, and how do we ensure all segments of our population benefit from economic growth?

  3. How do we get there?

The vision of Bangor, Maine was to strengthen its appeal as a relocation destination so that it can reverse decades of populations declines. The city wants to begin “an era of intentional, sustainable growth and prosperity.” The recommendations found in this plan are designed to help Bangor achieve its goal and become a more desirable destination, and make it possible for residents to enjoy a high quality of life. 

Community engagement was essential in preparation and as research for the recommendations of this plan. Over 480 members of the community participation through interviews, focus groups, online message boards and public forums.