Collaborations and Useful Links
The City of Saco works diligently with other business partners and non-profits to create an atmosphere of success. These organizations offer valuable resources and we recommend utilizing their services, as needed.
Economic Development Plan, 2012: This strategic plan revisits previous goals and techniques to determine whether they are suitable for the 2010s and suggests new goals to be developed (PDF, 2.6MB, 1/2012). This will be updated in 2017.
Economic Development, 2012
City of Saco Planning Department: The Planning Department and the EDD collaborate extensively on Saco’s growth and development.
Saco Main Street: The goal of Saco Main Street is to make Saco a better place to live and work by enhancing the vitality of our downtown. Saco Main Street is a non-profit organization and was designated as a Main Street Maine Community by the Maine Downtown Center. The National Main Street Center is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Their web page can be accesses at:
Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD):
The DECD employs more than two dozen experts whose broad mission is to help Maine communities and businesses prosper through a variety of programs providing everything from targeted tax relief to community block grants to tourism marketing. Whether a business wants to make a film here, bring a Maine-made product to market, expand an aquaculture project, or explore financing when moving a business to our state, their experienced staff can provide knowledge and assistance.
Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission: This organization, formerly known as the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, was created to meet the need for a coordinated approach to development among southern Maine entities. This organization brings together environmental, land use, transportation, economic development, planning, and other experts to provide knowledge and technical information to create a harmonious approach to economic development through resource management and utilization in southern Maine.
Biddeford Saco Area Economic Development Corporation (BSAEDC): This organization was created by the cities of Saco and Biddeford, along with the Biddeford + Saco Chamber of Commerce and Industry to promote sustainable, long-term economic prosperity to the people of northern York County. The BSAEDC helps businesses by providing gap financing, start-up capital, fixed asset financing, working capital, and funding for real estate acquisition and development.
Economic Development Council of Maine (EDCM): The EDCM is a statewide organization that was founded to develop a dialogue between individuals and organizations that are committed to economic development. This organization is committed to providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and knowledge about the ethics and business practices related to the field of economic development.
Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA): This non-profit organization includes commercial real estate owners, developers, and related service providers as members. Its mission is to provide legislative advocacy, regulatory oversight, program sponsorship, and proactive representation for real estate and economic development interests.
Biddeford + Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry (the Chamber): The mission of the Chamber is to support the economic and social growth of member organizations through networking, public awareness, and community promotion. The Chamber is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of commercial and industrial prosperity, along with the civic, cultural, and educational interests of the communities that it serves.