AUGUSTA — Five more Maine towns and cities have been designated as “business-friendly” by the state.

Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday that Pittsfield, Cumberland, Westbrook, Lewiston and Auburn had earned the designation. They join nine other municipalities that were given the designation in June.

Two municipalities that applied, Ellsworth and Richmond, didn’t make the cut.

The communities are evaluated on whether they have a business-friendly approach and have streamlined licensing and permitting requirements and reduced red tape.

They receive road signs so they can tout the award and are promoted by the state as being business-friendly.


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