The town of Farmington has been certified as a “business-friendly” community under the state’s designation program, according to a press release Monday.

It joins 30 other Maine communities that have been given the designation through the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, according to the release.

Some of the characteristics that earned Farmington its designation were:

• establishment of a revolving loan fund;

• use of local, state and federal programs to support infrastructure, businesses and downtown development;

• expedited licensing and permitting;

• collaboration with education partners such as the Mount Blue Learning Center and University of Maine at Farmington.

Other central Maine communities that have been given the designation are Augusta, Fairfield, Madison, Pittsfield and Richmond.

“The town of Farmington is one of many communities across our great state leading by example,” Gov. Paul LePage said in the release. “These business-friendly communities are partnering with the private sector and achieving business excellence through streamlined regulations and permitting processes.”

Ryan Morgan, chairman of the Farmington Board of Selectmen, said in the release that the town has worked with many organizations “to entice companies and families to move to our great town and become part of our community.”

The release said a team of public and private economic development experts reviewed the application to determine eligibility in the program.

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