A Heritage Reclaimed

We believe that engaged residents can turn the region’s assets into opportunities that result in an economically stable, unified constellation of remote, rural, welcoming communities that attract and retain people of all ages to live, work, visit and play.


Winter 2024 GEGEC Newsletter

Investing in People and Assets

The phrase – “a heritage reclaimed” – speaks to the values, passion and vision of the hearty group of “locals” and the devoted influx of “summer folks,” who all share a love for, and many a livelihood around the Region’s lakes, rivers, forests and farms; the natural beauty and quiet, outdoor lifestyle of rural living; and aspire to regain the region’s vitality by investing in its people and assets to secure these results:

  • Investment and peer-to-peer support for existing businesses, entrepreneurs and people have increased new business and employment opportunities.
  • Four-season recreational tourism is a positive economic driver and supporter of existing businesses.
  • Youth are involved in community, public service, stewardship and volunteer leadership roles.
  • Young adults have chosen to remain or return “home” because of the region’s positive support and opportunities.
  • New families have moved to the region because of the excellent education, welcoming community and job opportunities.
  • Elders are able to successfully “thrive in place.”

A Citizen-Led Effort to Regain the Region's Vitality

Rural communities defined by landscape and united through heritage

The citizen-designated Maine planning region includes the towns of Amity, Danforth, Haynesville, Orient and Weston; the plantations of Drew, Glenwood and Reed including the Village of Wytopitlock; the Unorganized Townships of Bancroft, Brookton, Forest City and Forest.