United Way of Mid Coast Maine Honors MRRA with Community Builder Award
Community Builder Awards: United Way of Mid Coast Maine Annual Meeting
May 11, 2017
Excerpt of Remarks by Barbara Reinertsen, Executive Director:
“Each year, we honor a special person, organization, and group or coalition, who have gone above and beyond in working to build an even stronger, more compassionate Mid Coast Maine community.
For our first Award, would Steve Levesque, Jeff Jordan, and everyone else here on the Board or associated with the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, please come forward?
Not too many years ago, there was great concern and even fear in Mid Coast Maine, about what would happen after the closure of the Brunswick Naval Air Station. Would jobs ever come back? Would there be a huge tract of empty, deteriorating space on the site, with negative effects rippling out?
Now, as you drive into Brunswick Landing, you can see: manufacturing companies, a TechPlace incubator for start-ups, planes landing, new senior housing, a nonprofit/educational hub from child care to the University of Maine, contact centers and telecommunications industries,
walking trails, a restaurant, and yes, even a brewpub!
What you see at work is: community building.
And the guiding force behind the work at the Landing and Topsham Commerce Park is our Award winner: the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, affectionately known as MRRA!
They have been recognized for bringing in more jobs, at a faster rate, years ahead of projections, and years ahead of other base redevelopments across the country. About every other week, I think we see news of another company locating or expanding here!
Ripple effects are many, including even the St. John School in Brunswick citing the expansion here as a reason for their own expansion.
The good jobs MRRA has brought make families more financially stable, and our whole community stronger.
As a former Governor I used to work for, Joe Brennan, used to say: “the best human services program is a job – and the best human services department is the family.”
When our United Way staff looked at who has gone above and beyond in building our community, we thought of MRRA.
And so, we are pleased to present United Way’s Community Builder Award to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority!