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About Presque Isle

Mission Statement
It shall be the mission of the City of Presque Isle to maintain its regional economic, educational, medical and cultural significance, to provide a wide range of municipal services to make Presque Isle a safe, prosperous and attractive city in which to live, work and to visit. Meeting needs by planning aggressively and by partnering with local, county, state and federal government, while involving the citizens of Presque Isle.

To meet our mission statement commitments, our goals for the future are:

    1. To attract and retain job opportunities and enhance our tax base through managed economic and community growth.
    2. To promote a community environment that emphasizes education, transportation, medical and cultural excellence through community infrastructure and emerging technologies.
    3. To maintain the existing level of municipal services.
    4. To ensure the completion and compliance with a Community Comprehensive Plan.
    5. To serve as the catalyst for the coordination of governmental services in central Aroostook County.
    6.  To increase citizen involvement.
    7. To provide all municipal services in the most efficient manner possible.
City of Presque Isle, Maine

BalloonsThere is a place, closer to your front door than you could ever imagine, where every season becomes the season of possibility. A place where new, innovative ideas are always encouraged; where citizens speak of community pride and ownership; and where government is a partnership of neighbor helping neighbor.  That place is Presque Isle, Maine.

The City of Presque Isle is home to approximately 8,797 residents (2020 Census) and is located in the central portion of Aroostook County in northern Maine. The City offers a full range of municipal services unequaled for a similar sized community in the State of Maine. Presque Isle has evolved into a regional service center for commerce, business, education, healthcare, air transportation and recreation.

Situated 42 miles from Interstate 95, Presque Isle is accessed by U. S. Route 1, six state routes, rail and the Northern Maine International Airport. The airport provides for daily scheduled air service and general aviation services.

Presque Isle is governed by a seven-member City Council elected at large from within the 75.2 square miles of the community. The City is managed by an appointed City Manager.

The City is home to two colleges: University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College. PreK through grade twelve education is provided by the nationally recognized Maine School Administrative District (M.S.A.D.) #1. Medical services are provided by Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital, serving regional medical needs. The City owns and operates its own industrial park, providing economic development opportunities for the region. The community is wired with wideband fiber optics.

Presque Isle’s vision of the future and ability to adapt to change have created a vibrant, dynamic community.  But never far from their rich historic past, Presque Isle citizens also have a deep respect for the tradition that brought people to this community more than 150 years ago.  That tradition includes involvement in the community, a strong desire to protect historic landmarks while maintaining a vibrant downtown and a deep desire to preserve the natural beauty of Presque Isle.

These are the reasons that Presque Isle residents, businesses and tourists find Presque Isle such an appealing place to live, work and visit.

If you are considering locating a business in Presque Isle, you will be interested to know that Presque Isle enjoys a strong and diverse economy. We are the economic hub of Aroostook County and we are committed to fostering an entrepreneurial spirit – providing quality services and infrastructure for the business community.

If you are one of the thousands of tourists who visit Presque Isle every year, you will be pleased to learn that Presque Isle’s hospitality includes “small-town” friendliness with the amenities of a “big-city” without urban sprawl and congestion.

If you might be interested in relocating to Presque Isle, we know that many factors are involved in selecting a new location. We can offer everything from affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families to comprehensive and cost-effective business packages. We offer a productive and reliable workforce and valuable quality of life factors.

The City of Presque Isle prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisals or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact Tyler Brown, City Manager, at (207) 760-2785. To file a complaint, write to Tyler Brown, City Manager, 12 Second Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769. The City of Presque Isle is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Presque Isle is an Age-Friendly Community

AARP’s website indicates that “Membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities means that a community’s elected leadership has made a commitment to actively work with residents and local advocates to make their town, city, county or state an age-friendly place to live.”   This is definitely a goal embraced by the City of Presque Isle and its elected leaders especially in light of the fact that Presque Isle has a higher percentage of those 65 and older than the State of Maine and the United States as a whole as well as an older housing stock.  As a result, in May of 2018, the City of Presque Isle was designated an Age-Friendly Community by AARP Maine.

The philosophy is quite simple.  The mission of Age-Friendly Presque Isle is to promote healthy aging in our community; and to keep city officials informed of the needs of older adults living and aging in the community.   The vision for Presque Isle is to be a healthy, livable community for residents of all ages. 

 To learn more about our goals as an age friendly community and our livability index, please visit the following website:


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