May 5 – Featuring Center President Rob Riley

Logo for the Northern Forest Fund Join Integrated Capital Investing as it gathers experienced fund managers Dave Castillo - Native Community Capital, Rob Riley - Northern Forest Fund, Gary Peterson - California FarmLink, Deborah Frieze - Boston Impact Initiative, and Kiah Hochsetler - Goodworks Evergreen for a lively discussion about place-based integrated capital strategies.

Register online for this free, informative session on impact investing: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transformative-25-funds-place-based-integrated-capital-webinar-tickets-15038980896

The select boards of five western Maine communities are teaming up to explore ways to extend high speed internet service to all their residents. 

Map of broadband service availability and speed in the Mahoosuc area of MaineBuilding on work by local residents through the Maine West Broadband Boot Camp, the towns of Woodstock, Bethel, Greenwood, Newry, and Gilead have all adopted a shared goal of making sure “everyone in the Mahoosuc region has access to reliable, affordable, high speed, and future ready internet service.” 

The Center has reached the halfway point in its extensive renovation of the Parker J. Noyes building on Main Street in Lancaster! 

Project architect Stuart Anderson from Alba Architects (left) shows George Born, Historic Resource Specialist with New Hampshire’s Land & Community Heritage Investment Program, around the half-completed renovation of the Parker J. Noyes building in Lancaster.Over the winter, crews filled the interior with stairs, an elevator shaft, framed walls and ceilings, and are now finishing the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Interior walls and insulation will quickly follow.

The renovation will create retail space on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floors of the 11,000-square-foot building, supporting Lancaster’s role as an economic hub for the North Country. The building is listed on the NH State Register of Historic Places. 

Megan Underhill son in bike seatThis spring, Bike Borderlands member organizations will embark on a host of new projects that benefit their communities – from creating youth mountain biking programs to building trails that connect to downtowns.   

The Northern Forest Center, which coordinates the Borderlands initiative, will provide $67,000 of direct investment to these projects – leveraging over $75,000 of additional support plus hundreds of hours of volunteer time. Funding comes from the You Have Our Trust fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.