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Pingree Encourages Maine Communities to Apply for New Broadband Program

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today encouraged Maine communities to apply for a new USDA program providing loans and grants to improve rural broadband access. “Slow internet in so many Maine towns is more than just an inconvenience for the people who live there—it’s a severe handicap. If we can’t bring their Internet speeds up quickly, our rural communities and businesses are simply going t...

Waterville Receives $7.3 million Federal Transportation Grant

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Waterville, Maine—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that the City of Waterville will receive a Department of Transportation BUILD grant for a total of $7,371,200 to make a number of improvements to its downtown streets and traffic pattern. “Some fantastic things have been happening in Waterville’s downtown over the last few years—new businesses, redevelopment, investment, and a resurge...

Rockland and Bridgton to Receive $30 Million Federal Investments to Improve Wastewater Systems

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced today that two communities in her District—Bridgton and Rockland—will receive a total of $30 million in grants and loans to make critical improvements to their wastewater systems. Funding comes from the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program, which Pingree has defended in Congress. “Having good systems in place to col...

Maine Seaweed Company Lands $600,000 Grant to Execute Innovative Idea for Industry Growth: Bringing Seaweed to the Bread Aisle

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced today that Buxton-based VitaminSea would receive a $600,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) USDA grant to further develop SeaKelp+, a kelp-based additive for bread. “Some of the most exciting things about Maine aquaculture right now are consumers’ growing awareness of seaweed’s nutritional benefits and the innovative products local business...

Following Advocacy from Maine Congressional Delegation, Sanford Rug Manufacturer is Victorious in Trade Zone Application

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Maine’s Congressional Delegation announced today that Sanford-based Flemish Master Weavers prevailed in its application for an exemption from a tariff on yarn it uses to manufacture area rugs in Maine. The ruling by the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board helps to level the playing field for Flemish Master Weavers to compete against foreign competitors and places the company in a strong position for c...

Pingree Announces Over $2 million in Agriculture Grants for Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that over $2 million in USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants will be awarded to the University of Maine and a Waterville small business to advance Maine’s agricultural economy. FoodCorps, a program that offers food and agriculture education programs in several Maine communities, also received funding. “These grants will address...

Pingree Announces Over $1 million in Federal Grants for Maine Farmer Training and Support

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced today that Maine organizations will receive more than $1 million in funding from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to recruit and train beginning farmers as well as assist farmers with chronic health issues and disabilities. Grants will go to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Somali Bantu Community Associat...

Pingree’s Appropriations Advocacy Leads to $600,000 Federal Investment in Biddeford

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced today that Maine organization CEI would receive a $600,000 federal grant to help Junora, a manufacturing company in Biddeford, create 30 new jobs. Funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Economic Development Program, which Pingree fought to restore funding for on the House Appropriations Committee. “This funding will ...

Maine Delegation Urges Administration to Avoid Tariffs That Will Harm Hussey Seating Company

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A new round of tariffs recently proposed by the Trump Administration to crack down on Chinese intellectual property theft could inadvertently cause significant financial harm to Hussey Seating Company, a family-owned business in North Berwick that manufactures bleachers and auditorium seating for distribution across the globe. On behalf of the company and the 300 people it employs, U.S. Senators ...

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