Augusta, one of America’s most beautiful capitals, has been the Capital City since 1827, seven years after Maine was admitted to the Union. The Capitol Building is the centerpiece for this special city.
Located on both sides of the Kennebec River, Augusta is the center of employment, commerce and service for central Maine and is the seat of state and county government. Augusta is a one-hour drive from Portland and is less than three hours drive from Boston. While the city’s population is only 19,136, it is the service center to a large area of some 70,000 people – and more recently has become a retail shopping mecca for a population of some 350,000 Maine residents.
Augusta is a city rich in history. From its early days as a pilgrim trading post, the city has grown as an industrial and trade center, and has become a center for the region’s health and educational services.
Joint public and private efforts have resulted in the development of the Augusta Business Park, Augusta Civic Center Complex, downtown redevelopment and regional retail shopping centers. A modern Augusta City Hall Complex, including a renovated Old Fort Western (1754) museum complex, graces the banks of the Kennebec. Such efforts have also stimulated redevelopment efforts in Augusta’s historic downtown district along the Kennebec River.
Third Bridge Connects Coast: The State and Federal Highway departments in 2004 completed a new $30 million river crossing in Augusta that links Interstate 95 and the West Augusta business sector with the less-developed East Side. In addition to providing opportunity for new business and residential growth, this third bridge facilitates travel to several key coastal communities.
Recreational opportunities and cultural activities play an important role of life in Augusta – a great community, in a convenient location, with friendly people and a stable and vigorous economy.
Population – 19,136.
Municipal Office – (207) 626-2300
The Augusta Civic Center... Your Perfect Host
The Augusta Civic Center is one of northern New England’s most popular sites for conventions, meetings, concerts and trade shows. The Civic Center, only an hour’s drive for three-quarters of the state’s population, is adjacent to the Augusta/Belgrade exit of Interstate 95.
The Civic Center’s Paul G. Poulin Auditorium accommodates nearly 7,000 people for concerts, can serve as an exhibit hall or function as a large banquet facility.
The center has its own kitchens and can serve a varied banquet menu to groups as large as 2,000. There are 23 other meeting rooms for smaller functions. The luxuriously decorated North Wing features the Augusta Room for up to 500 diners. In 2002, the Civic Center completed a $4 million expansion and renovation project. Phone: (207) 626-2405