Why Maine?

Whether you and your business are revolutionizing an industry, looking for a better quality of life, or seeking a strategic location within a day’s drive of 90 million people, we believe you will find what you need in Maine. Our tight-knit business community thrives off Maine’s pioneering R&D ecosystem, strong trade organizations, and suite of business incentives.

Maine offers a variety of incentives to businesses that relocate to Maine, including tax breaks for investments in buildings, equipment, and job creation. These incentives are complemented by a robust financing system and customizable workforce development programs.

Maine Quality of Life


Business location decisions are being increasingly influenced by the quality of life workers can expect to experience in a community. The phrase “quality of life” is heard often in Maine as the reason for business location to the state. Maine is considered one of the most healthful states in the nation. Maine benefits from a four-season climate with a healthy, invigorating environment. Each season is enjoyed for its own unique splendor and recreational activities.

Maine’s quality of life is tied closely to the land. Recreation and serenity can be found from its legendary rocky coastline, to the magnificent mountains, splendid forests, and the crystal clear lakes. Maine is a large state with 3,500 miles of coastline and a total area that could contain all of the other five New England States combined. Businesses, employees and their families enjoy a lifestyle of low crime, few instances of traffic congestion, and access to a wealth of year round cultural, recreational and sporting activities.

Maine’s quality of life ranked best in nation

The coastal areas of southern Maine are often regarded as the most attractive housing areas with a beautiful, healthy environment, low crime and excellent schools.

The state offers exceptional healthcare, boasting a multitude of acute care and specialty hospitals. Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland serves as the premier tertiary care center in northern New England. The center provides comprehensive inpatient services in all medical specialties. It is also recognized for the Diabetes Center, the AIDS Consultation Service, the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, and the Center for Lipids and Cardiovascular Health.

Maine leads the country in high school graduation rates, and ranks in the top 10% of states for quality of education. All seventh and eighth graders are issued with a laptop computer, the only program of its kind in the world. Maine was the first state to provide 100% of schools and libraries with internet access.

The state is also one of the greatest natural playgrounds in the world with thousands of miles of spectacular coastline, majestic mountain ranges and crystal-clear lakes and rivers. It is home to 18 ski resorts, 32 state parks and Acadia National Park.

There are more historical forts than in any other US state. Many historic homes are preserved as museums, among them those of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and philanthropist Lucy Farnsworth.

With symphony orchestras, opera companies and a plethora of theatre companies, Maine offers an exquisite menu of performing arts and cultural entertainment. The state’s specialty of lobster and fresh seafood is abundant in its many fine dining establishments and casual restaurants.

Shopping outlets in Kittery and Freeport combined with the boutiques and specialty stores of Bangor and Portland’s Old Port, also home to lively nightlife and traditional pubs, have created a growing interest in Maine as an international shopping destination.”

As the closest state to Europe and with New Brunswick and Quebec to the north, Nova Scotia to the east and Boston and New York City to the south, Maine is ideally positioned for foreign businesses entering the North American market. Complementing Maine’s geographic advantages are its transportation and communications infrastructure, reasonable wages, quality of life and highly regarded education system.