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

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.
Jan 19, 2017 Press Release
Collins, King, Pingree, and Poliquin stood with Auburn-based textile manufacturer in fight against unfair Chinese trade practices and won
Dec 19, 2016 Press Release

Brewers roundtable
A brewing industry roundtable Pingree hosted in July 2016 

Oct 25, 2016 Press Release

Grand Thicket NWR species
Many species of wildlife will benefit from the conserved habitat, including monarch butterfly, American woodcock, and New England cottontail. (Images courtesy USFWS)

Sep 7, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that InnovaSea Systems in Augusta will receive a $99,771 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research the feasibility of using wood fiber composite materials for the aquaculture pens it manufactures. 

Sep 2, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today that Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) headquartered in Portland is getting a $5.35 million Department of Energy grant to finish development of the commercial design of its TidGen Power System.  The new design will be tested, operated and monitored in Washington County.  This DOE funded project is a critical next step in the eventual deployment of the company's proposed 5MW Maine Tidal Energy Project.