Title

"Focus: Downeast Region" piece on the economic future of Washington County, whic

Authors

Taylor Smith

Source

Mainebiz

Date

8-22-2005

Pages

1, 24-27

Abstract

"Focus: Downeast Region" piece on the economic future of Washington County, which has the state's highest unemployment rate. Recent proposals for economic development include the Passamaquoddy Tribe's plan to locate a racino there, and two competing proposals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. Nancy Asante is a member of Green Coast, a group promoting small-scale, natural resources-based development in the region. Asante fears big industry will destroy the region's undeveloped, pristine coastline. But Dianne Tilton, executive director of the Sunrise County Economic Council in Machias, says that complicated regulations make capitalizing on natural resources difficult. David Whitney, a blueberry farmer and owner of Whitney Wreaths, points to environmental regulations and a lack of development incentives as barriers to doing business in Washington County. With additional details on the Washington County Economic Development Task Force.

Subjects

Washington County, Passamaquoddy Indians, Liquefied natural gas Storage

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