GrowSmart Maine received $600K+ in funding with half from the USDA: Rural Development and half from the American Farmland Trust for a 3 year program. Trainees from 10 municipalities will learn how to tackle environmental issues such as climate resilience, economic development, farm viability and farmland protection, and affordable housing in their community. Read more here.
Global Secure Shipping began work on a $3.9 million expansion projected to create 80 jobs in Old Town Maine. The company provides "a comprehensive, customizable cargo security solution" with their patented technology.
Some E2Tech members are called upon to help restore old structures while others are active in new construction. Both are being debated as the Portland Museum of Art explores an expansion project, with plans to demolish the old Children's Museum building next door. That building was originally constructed in 1830 as a theater and is classified as a "contributing structure" by the Portland Historic Preservation Board. See more details of the design on the PMA website.
Lastly, a luxury treehouse in Norway, Maine has been listed as one of five in the "Nelson Treehouse Experiences" in the US. The Woods Maine Treehouse is a unique glamping experiences with a full kitchen and fireplace elevated in the canopy.