Michael Hickey, president of Hickey & Associates, a site selection firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, confirmed
that Maine’s marketing efforts are working. “I think Maine is more and more on the radar screen for site selectors,” he said.
“Public incentives that help reduce the cost of doing business, and that include a commitment by the company
to create new jobs, are a key part of economic development. More companies are looking to small towns and
cities for relocation provided the demographics and the infrastructure are there.
” The certified Pine Tree Zone companies include one that develops health assessment software, another that provides financial services, another that stores materials for the paper industry and one that provides sales-consulting services for high-tech companies.