MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast – Our Lakes, Our Future: Preserving Shorefront Value

We have long depended on them, but our lakes are not immune from the serious water quality problems plaguing people around the world today. Here at home we have seen nuisance algae blooms and murky depths on some lakes ruin the fun for everyone, and we’ve learned that it’s both costly and very difficult to undo this kind of damage.

Maine Challenges EPA’s Double Standard for Maine’s Water Quality Protections

For over ten years, under governors of different political persuasions, the federal Environmental Protection Agency refused without reason to fully approve Maine’s historically high water quality standards. Today Maine amended its pending federal lawsuit against EPA, transforming it from one forcing EPA to act on Maine’s standards to one challenging EPA’s unlawful actions in response to Maine’s lawsuit.

Senators Collins, King Announce Rural Development Grant for Community Concepts Inc.

United States Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Community Concepts Inc. in Lewiston $793,800 in grant funding to help 30 very-low and low-income families construct their own homes in rural areas across Maine. Through the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program, this funding will help families, through partnership with Community Concepts, build homes in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, and Oxford Counties.

Collins, King Announce Federal Investments to Support Maine Tribal Communities

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that several Maine tribes will receive various grant awards totaling $341,422 to support activities including economic development and treatment and prevention services for methamphetamine abuse and suicide. The grants come from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

King Presses for Expanded Broadband Infrastructure to Connect Maine Communities at Regional Summit in...

During his keynote conversation this morning at Digital New England, a regional broadband summit held in Portland today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) underscored the need to expand broadband infrastructure in Maine and throughout New England.

King Welcomes White House Report on Steps to Strengthen Broadband Infrastructure

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a strong proponent of expanding digital access and increasing investment in broadband infrastructure, issued the following statement this morning after the White House Broadband Opportunity Council yesterday released its report and recommendations on broadband deployment throughout the United States

Collins, King Announce $300,000 in Grant Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis in Rural Maine

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a total of $300,000 to three Maine health care providers to combat opioid abuse in Maine. Diversion Alert in Houlton, Down East AIDS Network Inc. in Ellsworth, and Maine General Medical Center in Augusta will each receive $100,000

Senators Collins, King Announce Funding for the State of Maine for the Development of...

Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced today that the Maine Governor’s Energy Office, in partnership with Maine organization E2Tech, has been awarded $284,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support the Maine Energy Planning Roadmap project that will establish a stakeholder-driven strategy to meet energy objectives set in the 2015 GEO Comprehensive Energy Plan. A second grant for $592,000 was awarded for the design of a “Regional Roadm


Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, wrote to House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman, Rob Bishop, urging him to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In the letter, Congressman Bruce Poliquin wrote, “Maine is home to some of our Nation’s most breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and pristine environments.

Collins, King Announce Grant Funding to Support Homeless Veterans in Maine

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded federal grant funding to Preble Street in Portland, the Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA), and Veterans Inc. in Lewiston to assist homeless and at-risk veterans in Maine.


Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, announced the Department of Veterans Affairs will award Preble Street $1,683,966, Washington Hancock Community Agency $290,000 and Veterans Inc. (which serves Veterans in Maine and throughout New England) $2,000,000 as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

Pingree says former Brunswick Naval Air Station to get $1.1 million to rehabilitate building

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said this afternoon that the former Brunswick Naval Air Station will be getting $1.1 million to help renovate and redevelop a hangar for use by aerospace companies

Collins, King Announce More than $2.2 Million in Federal Grants to Support Drug-Free Communities

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has awarded a total of $2.25 million in grant funding to several Maine health coalitions and local governments to prevent youth substance abuse and foster drug-free communities in Maine. Of that funding, $1,125,000 will be allocated for nine new grant awards while the remaining funding will be allocated to nine projects in the state that have previously received funding from ONDCP.

In Climate Action Roundtable with Maine Doctor, King Calls Clean Power Plan “Important Step”...

This morning, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a Senate Climate Action Task Force roundtable discussion where he again expressed support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan and emphasized the need to act on climate change. In his remarks, Senator King, a member of the Task Force, called the Clean Power Plan “an important step” in the fight against climate change and applauded its flexible approach to reducing carbon emissions by setting the overall goals but delegating authority to the states to decide how to achieve those goals


Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, announced the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will award Healthy Aroostook Coalition, a program of Aroostook County Action Program, Healthy Sebasticook Valley Coalition, a program of Sebasticook Valley Health and Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County each $125,000 as part of the FY 2015 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program.


Maine Real Estate & Development Association Names New President and Announces...

Paul Peck, attorney at Drummond & Drummond and real estate developer with LWS Development LLC is the new president of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers. Founded in 1985, MEREDA promotes responsible development and ownership of real estate in Maine through legislative advocacy, educational programs and professional networking opportunities.


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