Economic Development Services


Rudman Winchell is pleased to offer a full range of economic development services to public, for-profit, and non-profit entities. The Rudman Winchell team believes that “economic development” is about more than just recruiting new businesses. While successfully recruiting a new business brings a blitz of media attention, we take a more comprehensive approach to economic development and planning. Rudman Winchell works to create and utilize programs, plans, and alliances that build prosperity and improve the quality of life here in Maine.

Noreen G. Norton – Economic Development Consultant

Noreen has over 20 years of economic development experience in both the public and private sectors. Her work focuses strongly on tax increment financing, downtown development, and economic development strategic planning. Her expertise is also sought regarding organizational structuring, group facilitation, tax impact analysis, marketing, and business management.

Noreen holds an MBA and a BS degree in Marketing. Her past projects include site re-use planning following decommissioning of Maine Yankee; Gardiner’s Libby Hill Business Park; an update of Somerset County’s economic development strategy, and serving as director of Augusta’s Capital Riverfront Improvement District. Noreen has gained approval of over 40 TIFs, including five Downtown TIF districts.

Erik M. Stumpfel – Attorney

A former city solicitor for the City of Bangor, Erik has extensive experience in municipal law, economic development, tax increment financing, business park development, wind energy projects, state and federal development incentives, and related matters. Since 1989, Erik has provided legal services to county, municipal, and business clients in Maine on more than $2 billion of economic development projects that have helped to create more than 2,500 permanent, full-time jobs.

Erik is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (JD, 1983) and is a former captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s corps.

Christopher J. Austin – Attorney

Chris was born in Bangor, Maine, and raised in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. He is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Maine School of Law. While attending law school, he worked in the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office prosecuting criminal cases and served in a clinic providing estate planning advice and assistance to individuals with low income.

Chris has built his practice at Rudman Winchell by representing clients in a variety of real estate and commercial transactions. He advises clients on issues involving condominiums, condominium associations, public utilities, leases, subdivisions, conservation easements, natural resources and timberlands, real estate redevelopment, road and access law, easements, title insurance, land use licenses, title matters, boundary disputes, timber trespass and access disputes, partition actions, mortgage foreclosures and collections. He also has experience in business law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate litigation, and contract negotiation.

Hans S. Peterson – Attorney

Hans has been recognized for several years as an up-and-coming real estate lawyer in Chambers USA. He provides a broad range of real estate, corporate, business, bankruptcy, and commercial advice to clients in all of Maine’s business and non-profit sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, healthcare, forest resources, commercial real estate development, technology, manufacturing, insurance, retail, and finance. He is regularly involved in negotiating the purchase and sale of commercial real estate, commercial finance, the purchase and sale of businesses, commercial contracts, leasing transactions, and representing creditors and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings. He is a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Hans devotes a significant portion of his practice to complex commercial financing transactions, including SBA 504 loan closings; the formation and structuring of real estate holding and leasing enterprises; advising and structuring tax deferred like kind exchanges for real estate and personal property; and the creation and structure of business enterprises and partnerships.

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We invite you to contact Rudman Winchell today to consult with an economic development attorney. Contact us by filling out this form or call us at 207.947.4501 to set up an appointment.