Tourism

The investment is helping Moosehead’s businesses expand and diversify to support the region’s tourism economy.

GREENVILL. The Northern Forest Center Tourism Investment Program will provide Greenville with new boat docks for residents and visitors, expanded living spaces, expanded lakefront public amenities, and a new disc golf course. “These four projects respond to the real needs that the Moosehead region faces in trying to deliver a high quality visitor experience while also serving residents and creating good jobs,” said Mike Wilson, senior program director at Northern Forest Center.

GREENVILL. The Northern Forest Center Tourism Investment Program will provide Greenville with new boat docks for residents and visitors, expanded living spaces, expanded lakefront public amenities, and a new disc golf course.

“These four projects respond to the real needs that the Moosehead region faces in trying to deliver a high quality visitor experience while also serving residents and creating good jobs,” said Mike Wilson, senior program director at Northern Forest Center.

“We are thrilled with the diversity of projects in this funding round,” Wilson said. “By the end of the year, people should really see significant improvements to the waterfront, with more space for boats and a new boardwalk connecting the city center with the new Craft Wharf Park. Rockwood will get a new rental cottage and a new disc golf course will provide residents and visitors with access to the increasingly popular sport.”

Since its launch in 2016, the Center’s Tourism Innovation Program has helped 22 businesses improve their offerings with $220,000 in grant funding, which has been matched against an investment of about $350,000 by business owners themselves. Thanks to the implemented projects, more than 75 jobs have been created in the district.

Funding for the Tourism Innovation Program was made possible by federal funding for New Market Tax Credits assisted by the Center through the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Main Woods Initiative. The Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation and JP Morgan Chase provided capital and tax credits to fund the NMTC.

The North Forest Center will provide Bartley’s Event Center, a family business located on a large waterfront lot on Moosehead Lake, with support of up to $25,000 to redevelop the marina that used to operate from its Pretem Avenue property. The installation of new floats and ramps will create slipways to service 30 boats, which will help meet the demand from year-round and summer residents, as well as visitors.

“We’re seeing increasing requests from locals and seasonal visitors for dock space, and we didn’t want to offer them because we hadn’t finished restoring the dilapidated beds on our family property behind the Event Center,” Woodruff said…

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