Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type



Public Policy and Management


Scarborough Maine, Economic development, Muskie School of Public Service


Over the last forty years, Scarborough has grown from a bedroom community to area commercial and retail center. Obviously, any development or changes in society cause positive and negative impacts on the community, environment, and business. For this reason, the economic growth experienced in Scarborough is an attractive topic in terms of highlighting its positive & negative impacts on local businesses, community and the environment. The purpose of this study is to understand the economic development process in Scarborough by examining the behaviors of certain categories of businesses which played important roles in this process.



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