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- City Councilors and a City Manager who make meeting the needs of our local businesses a top priority and critical to the success of our City.
- Diversified portfolio of businesses and balanced economy
- Skilled workforce
- One of the first communities in the State of Maine to be certified as a Business-Friendly Community.
Stable Tax Base
- In April 2010, Standard and Poor’s upgraded the City from A to AA- with a stable outlook. S&P affirmed this AA- rating with stable outlook in March 2014 stating, “We consider Brewer’s economy very strong. The stable outlook reflects our view of Brewer’s focus on maintaining strong operating flexibility. We believe strong management conditions are also a stabilizing rating factor.”
- The City’s bond rating with Moody’s was recalibrated to Aa3 in May 2010. According to Moody’s, “obligations rated Aa are judged to be of high quality and are subject to very low credit risk.” Moody’s has affirmed this rating in each of its surveillance reviews since that time. The 2020 review noted that the “credit position for Brewer is good” and that the City “has a healthy financial position” and “a manageable pension liability”.
Streamlined Planning and Permitting Processes
- Pre-approval “scoping meetings” available, as needed, to provide staff-level review and recommendations prior to planning board approval.
- Mid-level review process for smaller projects eliminates the need for site plan for qualifying projects.
- Personalized attention and customized approach to every business venture by all departments.
Quality of Life
- Brewer ranks #6 in the MaineBiz 2020 Hottest towns for home sales in Maine.
- According to a 2017 SmartAsset study, Brewer ranks 4th in “The Most Affordable Places To Live In Maine”. Communities were ranked on an Affordability Index weighing property taxes, homeowners’ insurance fees, and mortgage payments relative to income.
- Brewer ranked #2 in Movoto’s “The 7 Best Places to Raise a Family in Maine in 2016”.
- Centralized Public safety building with full-time Police and Fire departments.
- In a 2015 U.S. News & World Report “Best High Schools” edition, Brewer High School ranked #5 in the state of Maine and ranked #669 nationwide.
- Brewer Community School – Opened in 2011, this $40 million dollar K-8 school is a 156,000-square- foot facility was designed to LEED standards to maximize energy efficiency technologies.
- Brewer Performing Arts Center – as part of the new Brewer Community School, a 400-seat performing arts center venue, opened in 2011, with a state-of- the-art lighting system that provides dramatic color rendition for its theatrical productions.
- More than 20 Maine Craft Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries within a 40 minute drive of Brewer, ME.
- Scenic Riverwalk trail with free wifi, and 24-hour surveillance along the Penobscot River.
Access to Higher Education
- Within 15 minutes of Brewer, there are eight institutions of higher learning: University of Maine at Orono; University of Maine at Augusta, Bangor Campus; Husson University; New England School of Communication; Eastern Maine Community College; Beal College; Bangor Theological Seminary; Grace Evangelical College & Seminary
- Brewer is conveniently located just across the river from Bangor, and is part of the Bangor Metropolitan Statistical Area.
- Bangor International Airport (BGR) – offers just over 50 flights a day to and from major Northeast cities, national and regional hubs.
- Interstates 95 and 395 – convenient access to the I-95 corridor (north and south); I-395 (east and west), Route 1 (Coastal route all points north and south) and State Route 9 (90 miles from New Brunswick, Canadian border).
- Rail and Port access
- Electricity – Brewer’s electric service is provided by Versant Power. Maine has the lowest electricity costs in New England.
- Petroleum & Natural Gas access
- Telecommunications – Most of Brewer has access to high-speed transmission, including all commercial areas.
- Water – The Brewer Water Department services the water needs of the City of Brewer.
- Police: The Police Department consists of twenty-one sworn officers that provide safety and security to the residents of, and the visitors to, the City of Brewer. The department utilizes two detective positions to investigate criminal offenses and thirteen officers on uniform patrol. Two patrol officers are assigned to the SRO position (School Resource Officer) and spend their days at the Brewer schools, working closely with students, teachers, and administrators to ensure the safety of the students. The Brewer Police Department has an officer assigned full time to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The centrally located public safety facility on Parkway South enables them to respond within minutes to any part of the City. The Brewer Police Department is a proactive department interacting with citizens in a partnership to help keep Brewer a safe place to live, work and visit.
- Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Brewer employs a full-time Public Safety Director and Deputy Chief along with 4 full-time Officers (2 Lieutenants & 2 Captains). We also have 13 full-time firefighters. The centrally located public safety facility on Parkway South enables them to respond within minutes to any part of the City. The department provides ambulance services, water and ice rescue services and hazardous materials response in addition to fire suppression. The fire department also provides mutual aid to all of the surrounding communities.
- 2019 Best Tasting Water in Maine by the Maine Rural Water Association
- 2015 Operation & Maintenance Program Excellence Award by the U.S. EPA to the Brewer Water Pollution Control Facility.
- Brewer received a 2011-2014 Certificate of Excellence for Community Water Fluoridation, which is given to municipalities for consistently maintaining fluoride levels between 0.7-1.4 ppm.
- Winners of the U.S. EPA’s coveted Phoenix Award in 2009, which honors the accomplishments of those who solve critical environmental challenges, transforming blighted and contaminated sites (the former Eastern Fine Paper Co. mill) into productive new uses.