- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Three Maine communities are joining the list of places that have been deemed “business friendly” in the state.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage says Madison, Southwest Harbor and Van Buren have earned the business-friendly status, bringing the total number of communities bearing that distinction to 30.

The program evaluates municipalities on issues such as customer service, licensing and permitting and business involvement. The awards include two Maine Department of Transportation road signs.

Officials say Madison’s business-friendly characteristics include its diverse companies and annual festivals. Southwest Harbor is being praised for significant investment in infrastructure. Van Buren’s status was gained by its use of local, state and federal funds to create a good business climate, among other things.

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