A Growth Council timeline

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Eds: This is the timeline material for the LAEGC story. The photos are attched to this slug with the feeling that the photos match a number of the development efforts cited below. But you certainly can use the photos in other ways. — Mark

A Growth Council timeline

1981: LAEGC forms, the brainchild of different economic development groups on both sides of the river, to focus development in the Twin Cities regardless of zip code.

1982-84: Channeled $15 million in investments to local companies such as Geiger Bros., Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shoppes and Thomas Moser.

Mid-’80s: Battled for the creation of L.A. College, through two failed referenda. Succeeded in 1984. Also launched first marketing campaign (The Other L.A. It’s in Maine). Built a spec building at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport Airpark and landed a tenant.

1988: Launched The Right Move campaign, with ads in Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated and other national publications. Continued to help market industrial parks, including Kittyhawk, where Spectrum Printing landed, and Turnpike Industrial Park, with its 23 lots.

1990: First gained statewide recognition for its collaboration from the Maine Real Estate and Development Association. Also made nine loans to local businesses that year.

Early-1990s: Helped companies such as RF Technologies, Safe Handling, Penmor Lithographers and Advantage Payroll with start-up costs and site selection.

Mid-’90s: Helped Tambrands expand, touching off a series of multi-million-dollar investments at the plant. Joined the effort to revitalize the Bates Mill by helping with a master plan. Then lobbied extensively to get city referenda passed in 1998 and 1999 to finance the project.

1999: Lobbied for U.S. Postal Service distribution center; helped site Diamond Phoenix and other companies; lobbied for the bypass connecting Auburn’s retail center and Lewiston’s Russell Street.

2000: Helped Port of Auburn get U.S. Customs designation.

2002: Worked on the deal to bring the Wal-Mart Distribution Center to Lewiston; helped with financing The Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn; arranged financing for redevelopment of the Phoenix Block in downtown Auburn.

2003: Launched the “It’s Happening Here” campaign; kicked off Gateway projects on both sides of the river.

2004: Helped land a new, 144-acre industrial park around the intermodal facility and airport in Auburn, promoting emergence of L-A as a logistics hub; secured Foreign Trade Zone designation near the airport.

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