Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Jobs and Economic Development

Investing in Our Infrastructure

Maine needs a strong infrastructure to compete on a national and global scale. I've been a strong supporter of fixing our infrastructure while expanding our technology, like bringing broadband Internet to rural areas of the state.  I also believe we need a strong transportation network, which is why I have supported extending the Downeaster line to Brunswick and expanding options for alternative transportation.

Supporting Small Businesses

Small businesses truly are the backbone of Maine's economy and one thing I hear most from them is the need for capital. As a small business owner myself, I couldn't agree more. That's why I've supported expanding Small Business Administration loan programs, cutting unnecessary regulations, and have worked to connect our small businesses with larger federal contractors.

Brunswick Naval Air Station

The closing of Brunswick Naval Air Station marked the end of an era. But redevelopment of the site has presented an excellent opportunity to create new jobs for the area. I helped the local redevelopment authority acquire the site for no cost from the Navy, and have been happy to see new businesses use the facilities, including Resilient Communications, Molnlycke Health Care, the Brunswick Executive Airport, and a new campus of Southern Maine Community College. 

Clean Energy

Maine is working to become a leader in clean energy, including offshore wind power and tidal power. Learn more here.

Local Foods

I am strong supporter of Maine's efforts to support local foods and local farms because there's no need to buy food from across the globe or country when our neighbors are already producing fresh, healthy produce.  As member of the House Agriculture Committee, I'm working for federal policy that better supports creation of these local jobs. Learn more here.

Working Waterfronts

Maine's 20 miles of working waterfronts support 30,000 jobs, but are vulnerable to development.  Communities need more resources to protect these critical places so generations of Mainers can continue making their living from the water. Learn more here. 

More on Jobs and Economic Development

May 9, 2018 Press Release

 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced five National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant awards totaling more than $900,000 for organizations in Maine’s first district congressional district. 
 

Apr 25, 2018 Press Release
$2 million in EPA Brownfields Grants will assess and clean up polluted sites in Southern and Midcoast Maine communities.
Apr 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced that The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit corporation established by the 2014 Farm Bill, has awarded Hugh Cowperthwaite of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) a $300,000 matching research grant. CEI has received the funding in order to investigate the economic viability of a Japanese scallop production technique that has been shown to grow scallops faster and produce larger meat yields.
 

Apr 19, 2018 Press Release

Pingree and Jane Chu
Congresswoman Pingree with NEA Chairman Jane Chu at a 2016 event in Portland.

Feb 17, 2018 Press Release

PORTLAND, ME – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today that the Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works a $14.95 million contract to create a conceptual design of the FFG(X), a next-generation guided missile frigate. The contract allows BIW to compete against four other design proposals for the chance to build 20 of the ships. 
 

Jan 23, 2018 Press Release

​PORTLAND, MAINE—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today announced $1,343,036 in USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants to expand learning opportunities and improve health care in rural areas of Maine. 

Sep 27, 2017 Press Release
The Center will team up with industrial partners, trade organizations, construction firms, architects, and other stakeholders in the region to revitalize and diversify Maine’s forest-based economy by bringing innovative mass timber manufacturing to the State of Maine.
Sep 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced today that Portland Ship Yard would receive a $990,500 federal Small Shipyard Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Funds will be used to replace an aging boat lift that has hindered the shipyard’s ability to serve Casco Bay’s commercial fleet.
Aug 4, 2017 Press Release
Winslow will receive $300,000 for a business park expansion project, and Rockland's $350,000 investment will renovate a local fish pier.
Jun 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today welcomed a total $1.1 million in EPA Brownfields grants for two Maine organizations to provide low-interest loans for the cleanup and redevelopment of polluted sites, but cautioned that this important program has been slated for an over 30 percent cut in President Trump's proposed budget.

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