RUMFORD — Members of Envision Rumford! and the Western Maine Economic Development Council updated selectmen Thursday evening on the progress of their marketing plan for the Puiia Business Park.

On Dec. 19, selectmen unanimously voted to support a plan drafted by the two organizations to help market the park.

Glen Holmes, director of the council, said then that the marketing plan would consist of three parts: distributing fliers to 2,500 light industrial companies in the Northeast that would promote the benefits of moving to the park, advertising a “request for qualifications” and advertising the park in the New England Real Estate Journal.

Envision Rumford! member Jim Rinaldo told selectmen he and Holmes completed the first draft of a flier to be sent to light industrial companies.

“If you guys see anything that needs to be changed on this, let us know,” Rinaldo said. “This is just a first draft, so give us any feedback you have.”

Madigan suggested to Rinaldo and Holmes that they include the Rumford logo, an image of the town’s clock tower, in the blank space at the top of the flier.


“I’ve seen quite a few documents with that logo at the top,” Madigan said. “I think it’d be a nice thing for any interested companies to see at the top.”

Selectman Brad Adley said one of the bullet points on the flier bothered him.

“It says on the flier that there is access to natural gas lines at the business park,” Adley said. “As far as I know, that’s not a done deal. Should we be advertising that even if it hasn’t been finalized?”

Rinaldo said the point was indicating that the business park is big enough that natural gas access would be possible for companies, should the town go that route.

In other business, selectmen presented a citizenship award to resident Richard Masterson II in recognition of receiving his Eagle Scout badge.

Town Manager John Madigan presented the award as Masterson’s father, Richard, watched.


“This is quite an achievement,” Madigan told the audience. He said when he was Richard’s age he earned his own Eagle Scout badge.

“We’d like to recognize you, Richard, with this award,” Madigan said as he handed him the plaque. “On the front, it says, ‘The town of Rumford presents this outstanding citizen award for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.’”

As Masterson took the award, the audience gave him a standing ovation.

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