The Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) received a 2015 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Northern Maine Forest Products Industry Cluster.

The cluster, organized by the Aroostook Partnership and supported by NMDC through grants from the Maine Technology Institute and USDA Rural Development, explores opportunities and challenges in the industry in order to develop actionable items to maximize the growth potential for this key sector in Aroostook's economy.

Bob Dorsey, the Partnership President, said "The Partnership is very proud of the Forest Cluster effort which was a direct outcome of the Mobilize Northern Maine asset-based process. It is a perfect example of the private sector leadership working in collaboration with education and the public sector who secured grants for the advancement of this critical economic sector in Aroostook County."