It is situated along Route 7, midway between Interstate Route 95 in Newport and the Moosehead Lake area. Transit time to Bangor and its international airport as well as the University of Maine at Orono is less than an hour. Maine's other primary service center communities can be conveniently accessed via Route 95. Dexter is home to approximately 4,000 year-round residents, it's numbers swell to over 5,000 during the summer months with tourists and the return of the summer camp owners.
The total land area contained within the Dexter corporate limits is 33.5 square miles. Approximately 73 percent of the land area of the Town of Dexter is forested, approximately 19 percent is agricultural or open space, and 8 percent is urban. Development in the Town is heaviest in and around its business core at the outlet of Lake Wassookeag, and along the shorelines of Lake Wassookeag and Echo Lake.
Lake Wassookeag (from the Penobscot Indian word for "shining lake" ), located to the north and west of the urban area of Dexter, is the Town's largest water body, covering 1,062 acres. The lake is divided into two bodies ("Big Wassookeag" and "Little Wassookeag") by a causeway and bridge. The lake is navigable by most boats during the summer season, and in 2000 the Town received a grant from the Maine Department of Conservation and installed a new boat launch in Little Wassookeag.
Lake Wassookeag is a favorite spot for fishermen during both the summer and winter (ice fishing) months. While the use of Lake Wassookeag for sporting activities is an attractive recreation feature, the lake also serves as the Town's public water supply, and as such several local ordinances are in place to protect the quality of the lake's water.
Availability - Local & Regional Education & Training
The Tri-County Technical Center is also located in Dexter, providing a wide variety of technical training programs for area students and adults. Within a convenient travel distance is the Eastern Maine Technical College, Husson College, and University of Maine at Orono.
Dexter's labor force has predominately been devoted to the manufacture of shoes and machinery, with craftsmen and machine operators being the more common occupations. During the last several years, with the impact of technology in the manufacturing sector, there has been a substantial increase in the local workforce skilled in leading edge technology.
Dexter Shoe Company and the Fayscott Company have been long-time residents in Dexter; however, recent downturns in the manufacturing sector have resulted in a substantial reduction of jobs in the area. This turn of events presents an opportunity for new industry to take advantage of the availability of a substantial labor force, as well as access to excellent manufacturing facilities being vacated by Dexter Shoe.
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