Economic Development

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Federal Grant Will Help Biddeford Firm Add Jobs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Community Economic Development Program has awarded Maine's Coastal Enterprise Incorporated (CEI) $600,000 to help Biddeford's Junora, LTD to create 30 new jobs in the city. These jobs are high-tech manufacturing positions with good wages and benefits.  

Junora, located on Pomerleau Street in the Alfred Road Business Park, makes advanced metallurgical products for the global vacuum coating industry.

Read more here.

Downtown Improvement and Business Assistance Program

The City of Biddeford’s Planning and Development Department is pleased to announce the 2018 Downtown Improvement and Business Assistance Program.  The purpose of this program is to enhance the exterior façade of downtown buildings, make certain eligible interior improvements and/or help building owners achieve and maintain Code compliance.  Grants that are available through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program may be used only for work "that eliminates code violations that are detrimental to health and safety of potential occupants."  Southern Maine Finance Authority offers loans for other types of work.  This program is restricted to commercial buildings in Biddeford’s downtown core. 

Click the link below for guidelines and application.  Questions can be directed to Brad Favreau, Economic Development Coordinator at or at (207) 571-1612.

Main Street Maine

Explore Biddeford and other nationally recognized historic Maine downtowns!  Maine Development Foundation’s (MDF) Maine Downtown Center has announced the launch of an interactive web portal aimed at attracting visitors through one-stop shopping and compelling content. 

Main Street Maine features local makers, innovative events and natural assets in Maine’s downtowns on one connected, user-friendly website.  The Maine communities featured on this website have each earned a Main Street America™ Certification.

This amazing resource was made possible only with the hard work of our own Heart of Biddeford!

Discover more of Biddeford and other Main Street Maine communities here.

Biddeford Restaurant Gains National Recognition

Biddeford is now on the national foodie scene!  Elda, at 140 Main Street has been voted one of the top 18 new American restaurants. Read more here.

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Part & Parcel

Part & Parcel, now open on Alfred Street, is newest addition to Biddeford’s food scene.  The store offers sandwiches and other food items, but the partners Ali and Danielle are planning strategically to add more grocery and personal care items to their inventory over time. The great care that the two take is evident the moment you walk into the store.  It is crisp, clean and inviting.  The duo opened with the intention of forming  strong community ties with both suppliers and customers, with the larger aim of making Part & Parcel essential part of downtown.  We look forward to the small changes that will gradually take place there as Part & Parcel grows and, indeed, becomes an essential to Biddeford’s downtown.

Downtown WiFi - Second Hotspot Added to Main Street

Thanks to the Downtown Development Commission and New England Cancer Specialists as a sponsor, a new hotspot at 265 Main Street provides additional WiFi connection along Main Street now between Washington Street and Elm Street.  While on Main Street near City Hall look for "Connect Downtown" in the WiFi settings of your mobile device. The connection is maintained for one hour before requiring the user to log on again.

This hotspot is a public / private partnership made possible through the generosity of other sponsors like Bangor Savings Bank, GWI, and Axiom Technologies. The DDC is working to add more hotspots to Main Street, so that, soon, a continuous signal will be available from Elm Street to Mechanics Park.

Downtown & Mill District Parking

Biddeford downtown parking is becoming increasingly scarce. The Mill District, in particular is feeling the effects of the shortage, creating some consternation among residents.

A public park sign stands in front of a parking lot and building.