The Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council (SREGC) is a partnership of the City of Sanford, the Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Development Corporation of Sanford. This evolving organization is chartered to be the leading economic development organization in central York County and has embarked on an aggressive and cutting-edge strategy to increase the prosperity of its citizens and enhance the area's economy.
Our goal is to facilitate the economic growth in the region, with a particular focus on new job creation. As such, we concentrate on assisting local businesses grow, recruiting new business to the region and facilitating new business formation. Our services are broad-based and include: site location assistance, providing comprehensive demographic and labor market information, financial packaging, connecting business clients to appropriate tax incentives, catalyzing inter-governmental relations and providing leadership in business advocacy and public policy issues such as infrastructure improvement and maximizing public and private investment in our region.
Sanford has all the elements of a true New England community. It's a place where people settled hundreds of years ago and then stayed for generations. Yet Sanford is a dynamic city within a thriving Maine region that not only respects the past – it has also positioned itself to invite positive change and growth. Sanford’s historic downtown is both the heart of the community and an emerging engine of the economic growth.
Downtown looks much the same as it did a century ago: architecturally significant buildings, a walkable Main Street, shade trees and parks, the Mousam River waterfront, and massive brick textile mills that gave the city its original identity. Sanford occupies a strategic location at the geographic center of New England and the center of population in York County, Maine’s fastest growing region. It also has the good fortune to be just minutes away from vibrant coastal towns such as Kennebunk and Wells, country towns nestled in the Lake’s Region and foothills of the White Mountains, and it's just 45 minutes from Maine's largest city, the historic seaport of Portland. Portland is Maine's cultural, creative and economic heart and rivals Boston when it comes to resources. (Boston itself is only 90 minutes away.)
Sanford also has many amenities not found in typical small Maine communities. The city, with a healthy population of over 21,000 is known for its schools, its hospital, a municipal airport (frequently used by the former Presidents), a summer collegiate baseball team and jewel of a ballpark, retail centers and its proximity to colleges, including the nationally-esteemed University of New England.
The city attracts businesses and residents who appreciate its low cost of living, its incredible access to natural resources and the sense of history that is essential to its character. What also draws people here? There's a palpable energy in Sanford, created by those who live and work here, and who know that this is a great place to work and live.