Orono welcomes business and cultural enterprise in town, from start-up to mature. Here are a few helpful things to know:
Business and Technology Parks
Lots and spaces are available in the Maine Technology Industrial Park. In addition, engineering and design are underway for a new, 30-acre professional and technology park off Kelley Road at Exit 191 off I-95. Contact Evan Richert, [email@example.com] Town Planner, for information.
The Target Technology Incubator, jointly developed by the University of Maine and the Bangor Target Area Development Corporation, is located in the Maine Tech Park. UMaine has its own Innovation Center for student enterprise. Downtown Orono is also a great place for start-ups, close to services, the University, and amenities.
Orono has designated several areas as “Pine Tree Enterprise Zones,” where manufacturing and technology sectors are eligible for state tax incentives. The Town actively considers Tax Increment Financing for job-creating businesses. Orono is within the service area of the Eastern Maine Development Corporation [http://www.emdc.org/landing.php], which provides technical and financial assistance to businesses. For links to a more complete list of sources of business and financial assistance, see our Resources page.
High speed Internet service is widely available, with the fastest data transfer rates in Maine. Cell phone coverage is available throughout the Town, with towers close by. Public water is supplied by the Orono-Veazie Water District, public sewer service by the Town’s Sewer and Wastewater Department, and natural gas by Bangor Gas. Bangor Hydro Electric provides electrical service.
Zoning and Codes Click here for town of Orono Zoning Map
Orono is zoned for commerce and industry, including in the vicinity of Exits 191 and 193 of Interstate 95; Downtown; on Park Street near the University of Maine; and several neighborhood commercial areas. Small-scale businesses are welcome in the Stillwater Avenue corridor. Home occupations – an option for start-ups and professional services – are allowed throughout most of the Town, with approval by the Planning Board.
Agricultural enterprises are welcome throughout Orono’s large Forestry and Agriculture District.
If you need to build or expand, the Town Planner will walk you through the process. The Planning Board meets monthly and reviews proposed site plans.
Orono follows the 2009 International Building Code. Contact Orono Code Enforcement.
Orono, OEDC, and its partners in the region offer a variety of resources to assist businesses locate, start up, or expand.