Matt is completing his second term as a State Representative in the Maine House District 86.
Matt Pouliot’s appreciation for hard work and his service to the Augusta community are deeply rooted in his family. His grandparents, Norman and Lorraine Pouliot, owned a catering company and convenience store -- Sunset Market -- on Sand Hill for over 30 years. Matt’s maternal grandfather, Don Rodrigue, was the owner of Don’s Garage on the Churchill Road.
At a young age, Matt spent many days in both the store and the garage learning that the best way to contribute to his community is by serving others. Whether selling that gallon of milk to someone who always came by five minutes after closing or fixing a tractor for a farmer when everyone else was sleeping, Matt’s grandparents always put others before themselves. In his grandparents’ example, Matt has found inspiration and purpose.
Born in Augusta, Matt has lived here his entire life and was educated in Augusta public schools. Following his graduation from Cony High School in 2005, Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2009.
Matt also graduated from the Kennebec Leadership Institute, which is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to become more effective community leaders. Matt’s experiences with the Institute solidified his desire to stay in this community even while his young friends and peers sought opportunities far away from home. The Institute also inspired Matt to become more actively engaged in leadership in all of his work.
Five years ago, Matt was asked by then-Mayor Roger Katz to serve on the Augusta Planning Board where he soon-after served as Vice-Chairman. In his leadership role on the board, Matt worked with other members to make recommendations for the development of public and private structures, municipal improvements, and community projects. The board strives to make sure that its work is compliant to the Comprehensive Plan for the city.
As a member of the Kennebec Valley Area Board for Junior Achievement of Maine, Matt works to help the organization realize its goal of educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work-readiness, and financial literacy. Young students in the program learn through real world, hands-on experiences.
Inspired by his family’s experiences of running local small businesses for decades, Matt eagerly joined the Augusta Downtown Alliance Board of Directors where he served as the Chairman of the Economic Restructuring Committee. His term on the board expired in September of 2014, but he is still actively involved with the Alliance and the Downtown. Matt is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Augusta and serves on the Augusta Good Government Committee.
In all of his endeavors within the community, Matt asks two questions when faced with tough decisions. First, how will the decision affect all who are concerned? Second, will the decision make our community a better place to live?
As a young person who defied the growing trend of leaving Maine for better opportunities, Matt is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people in our state.
“One of the challenges we face is the ever increasing number of educated young men and women leaving this state for opportunities elsewhere,” Matt said in his announcement speech. “The unemployment rate among those who are age 24 to 35 is 8.2 percent, up from 5.2 percent in 2008. Job growth is occurring in sectors that require post-secondary education, but once this education is attained, many are leaving to find those jobs elsewhere.”
“Maine and Augusta are extraordinary,” he said. “Everyone says that we should reverse the trend of young people leaving the state. We need to continue electing the people who understand this and who will work to change the trend.”
Clearly, Matt believes that it is up to him to take part in turning things around.
“I want to continue being a part of making the changes necessary to keep us on a path toward long-term prosperity,” he said. “In order to do this, we need to work harder on creating an environment that is business friendly so that jobs can be created, allowing people to find the work needed to pay the bills and giving people a meaningful reason to stay in Maine.”
Matt has made his home on Winthrop Street in the city he loves, with his wife, Heather. He makes a living as a realtor with RE/MAX Capital in Hallowell and owns and operates Alliance Properties, LLC - a real estate management and investment company.
Matt and Heather believe that in order to have a successful community, you need to do your part and be actively involved - which is why, between the two of them, they participate on boards and committees with more than 15 organizations in the community, and volunteer with many others.
If you have any questions for Matt, please contact him directly at Matt@PouliotForHouse.com or call him at (207) 441-9418.