Marketing DVD about ready


RUMFORD – The River Valley Growth Council board had a chance Wednesday night to view a video that aims to market the area.

Larry Young, a film producer from Bethel, has spent the past few months putting together the video with information provided by a growth council ad hoc committee, as well as from his own investigation and photography. It was the first time the board had seen it.

The town of Rumford, Bangor Savings Bank, and Brookfield Power donated the $10,750 needed to design, produce and create the marketing tool.

Beverly Crosby, administrator for the growth council, said the 10-minute film will likely be available by early summer to mail to people or businesses looking into relocating. The film will also be available for viewing on the growth council’s Web site.

Emphasized is the scenic quality and recreational opportunities in the 10-town area, as well as some of the successful small businesses that operate in the River Valley.

The board also learned that it will know whether a health care-related business will move into the River Valley Technology Center by April 1. If it does, seven of the 10 bays available to site businesses will be used.

Growth council President Rich Allen said $60,000 to $70,000 may be needed to renovate the space. The tech center already houses Community Dental. One of the goals of the board is to find and locate a variety of health care businesses so a major portion of the building could become a health care cluster.

Crosby said a Web site is now available to people who have questions or who want answers to wind power questions. The Web site is a follow-up to a wind forum held in Dixfield last month.

The Western Maine Economic Development Council, which was one of the forum’s sponsors, is hosting the site. It is:

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