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The New Hampshire legislature is considering a bill that would support continued growth in the state’s outdoor recreation industry, which currently generates $8.7 billion in annual consumer spending, secures more than $528 million in state and local tax revenue, and supports 79,000 local jobs. 

100 KatahdinThe Northern Forest Center has successfully reached its initial goal of raising $1 million in investments for its Millinocket Housing Initiative Fund and has put the money to work directly in the community. The Center created the Millinocket Housing Initiative Fund, its first social and economic impact investment fund, to create quality homes for people who want to make a future in Millinocket.

Yale ME W A team of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies students will help the Maine West initiative integrate the region’s community, economic, health, and educational values into a newly developed regional conservation planning tool, which will lay the groundwork for a Maine West region conservation plan and guide ongoing community conservation efforts. 

Norway Memorial LibraryPeople in rural communities are often disadvantaged by lack of accessible, affordable broadband connection to the internet. This problem is compounded for low- and moderate-income residents who are unable to afford computers and internet access in their homes, and often rely on their local libraries to stay connected.