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These policy directions reflect CEI’s 37 years of experience as a leading practitioner in community economic development and community development finance. They are intended to inform the governor, legislators, elected officials and others interested in the future of the Maine economy with the ultimate goal of influencing state policy for the benefit of the communities and people they serve, especially economically distressed communities and people with low incomes.
This white paper from the mid 1990s outlines CEI’s sustainable rural development principles honoring the environment and connecting social justice and environmental justice.
CEI specializes in “triple bottom line” financing for businesses that are often playing a direct or indirect role in strengthening community response to climate change. Our borrowers are advancing renewable energy technologies; creating sustainable fishery, forestry, aquaculture, and farming practices; developing energy-efficient (and affordable) housing, commercial real estate, and community facilities; and are on the front-line in stewarding Maine’s considerable natural resources. In March 2014, CEI convened its 2nd Annual Impact Investing Roundtable to further stakeholder conversations about Climate Change, Social Equity &... read more
This is the story of the redevelopment of an abandoned mill in rural Maine, which now has a new life powered by renewable energy and wired for gigabit broadband. This mixed use complex includes a restaurant, boutique hotel, 22 affordable housing units, and business tenants.