isp speedometerCommunity broadband planning often starts with two seemingly simple questions: Where do we have service, and how fast is it? 

To help answer these questions, the Center and the Maine West initiative are partnering with the Maine Broadband Coalition to implement a new crowdsourcing effort to map actual internet speeds across the state.

Launched statewide in November, following approval this summer of a $15 million bond to support statewide broadband expansion, the Getting up to Speed initiative will help local, regional, and state leaders develop projects and steer investments to the places that need it most.

Campaign aims to increase use of renewable wood fuel, some of which is delivered in bulk by delivery truck.The regional wood heat marketing consortium has chosen marketing firm Matter to expand the scope of the Feel Good Heat campaign. The campaign will invest $400,000 in a 2-year effort to build public support for a broad range of wood heating options and increase use of Northern Forest wood pellets and chips in lieu of imported fossil fuels.  

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail has developed new paddling itinerariesWith grant funding from the Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail has developed six new paddling itineraries to attract paddlers to some of the less visited waterways in the region.

The Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative is managed by the Northern Forest Center in partnership with the Northeastern Vermont Development Association and NEK (Northeast Kingdom) Collaborative of Vermont. Funding comes from the Northern Border Regional Commission.

 

Penobscot Ave Millinocket Sept. 2019 crpdThe town of Millinocket, Maine, is developing a design strategy that will help build economic viability and increase quality of life in the community. In a recent 2-day workshop, residents collaborated on improvements and guidelines they would like to see result from the town's design project with the Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design (CIRD).

As a facilitator of the project, the Center helped the town and local nonprofit Our Katahdin write a successful program application to work with CIRD and has been an active participant throughout the project. The project has been a collaborative effort for the Town of Millinocket, which received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host the multi-day design workshop.