Which makes the point – Portland is changing. Not just the city, but the entire area. We’re becoming more diverse, more cosmopolitan and more recognized as a place where New England charm meets the leading edge of cool. But too often we don’t see ourselves that way… as a single place.
When good new jobs are being created for working families, no one making the investment is worried about which town those jobs are located in. They are investing in the region. In fact, the housing for workers is spread out across many of our communities, and the transportation systems that move those workers are spread out too. The taxes those employers pay benefit more than a single town, same as the taxes paid by workers. The kids go to many different schools, the parents shop in many different places in the area… and so it goes.
I’m convinced that the solutions we seek are regional. As they year unfolds check back here to catch our take on how regional solutions can boost our communities and our economy up to the next level.