September 2019
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Do you realize...

In the last 12 months, there has been approximately $2.5 million in new investment and renovations within FirstPark resulting in 30 jobs? Also, this was the second year in a row that we have increased our rebates or dividends to the 24 KRDA/FirstPark member communities.
Survey says...
The 21 businesses within FirstPark were surveyed in August and in the October update we will report some of the findings. One question asked was about the types of businesses or services that workers in FirstPark would like to see and the answers highlight an underserved workforce that wants specific services closer to their jobs.
Food trucks in FirstPark

Food trucks are welcome on Technology Drive at FirstPark Drive on Fridays anytime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., but there are rules that must be followed. An application must be completed with the FirstPark office at 46C FirstPark Drive and food vendors must gain a permit from Town of Oakland Code Enforcement Officer Dave Savage to ensure that adequate insurance and state licensing is in place. Handicraft or farm produce vendors are also welcome and they are required to have permits from the Town of Oakland, too.

For more information, contact FirstPark Executive Director Jim Dinkle at either (207) 859-9716 or exdirector@firstpark.com.
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Up-to-the-minute FirstPark news is available on our Facebook page. Log in to Facebook and LIKE our page and be the first to know what’s developing in FirstPark! 

You can like the page right now by visiting www.facebook.com/FirstParkMaine.
Looking ahead...
FirstPark at the Kennebec Valley Chamber Business Expo
Visit FirstPark's booth at the Kennebec Valley Chamber Business EXPO on October 9 anytime between 2 and 7 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center. More than 100 businesses and organizations will be exhibiting their wares and services. We will feature information and pricing about FirstPark lots, answer questions about growing your business in FirstPark and sponsoring a drawing for a Keurig coffeemaker. Visit FirstPark in Booth 8 at the entrance to the EXPO.
Upcoming Maine International Trade Center webinar
"Hiring international employees: what you need to know" is the topic for an upcoming Maine International Trade Center (MITC) webinar. Fill open positions and diversify your workforce by employing workers from around the globe. What is the difference between a work visa, student visa, and green card? What are your responsibilities as an employer of foreign workers or international students? In a time when a globally competent workforce is needed to be competitive, navigating the US immigration system requires strategic planning by employers. This interactive presentation will focus on recent developments for employing foreign national workers in the US. Options for hiring international students and recent foreign national graduates of US academic institutions will also be discussed.

Topics covered include: Process for preparing petitions and applications; Recent developments impacting government adjudications; Interaction with the various Federal agencies; Timing issues; Options for investor and non-investor individuals; and Immigration compliance issues.

The webinar presenter is Sal Savatteri Jr., founder and principal of the Savatteri Law Firm, P.C., who concentrates his practice exclusively on US immigration, citizenship, consular law, and global migration. For information and registration click here https://www.mitc.com/event/hiring-international-employees-webinar/.
Premiering soon!
Coming soon, our new FirstPark marketing video that will be uploaded to our website and onto YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn. The piece is being produced by Oakland-based Mas Media Video & Animation Services, (207) 616-8025. 
Hold the date!

Hold the date for the Maine Real Estate Development Association (MEREDA) 2020 Real Estate Forecast Conference to be held January 16 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. Additional details about the event will be available soon.
Connect with FirstPark
James W. Dinkle, Executive Director

Call Jim at 207-859-9716, email exdirector@firstpark.com, or fill out this form on our website.
Get the latest information about FirstPark at Firstpark.com