Portland - On Thursday, January 22nd, Avesta welcomed more than 60 state legislators to our 60-unit Pearl Place development in Portland. The legislators were participating in the Maine Development Foundation's 3-day legislative bus tour, a nonpartisan educational program that helps state leaders see, first hand, how state investments in transportation, education, housing and other public systems drive economic development in Maine. Avesta staff boarded the buses on Commercial Street and provided background information to legislators on Avesta, Pearl Place, and the impact of our work on the economic growth of some of Portland's neighborhoods. The buses then pulled in to Pearl Place, where participants were welcomed by Dana Totman and then broken into smaller groups to tour the buildings and hear about the many economic development and energy efficiency benefits that the development has provided to Portland. After completing the tours, legislators heard from a Pearl Place resident about how living there has positively impacted her and her daughter's lives. They then re-boarded their buses and continued their journey to other businesses and presentations around the state.
Avesta was proud to be able to demonstrate for state legislative leaders how important affordable housing can be in growing sustainable communities and stabilizing individual lives. We thank the Maine Development Foundation for including Avesta in this important program and look forward to more opportunities to help state leaders understand how critical their investments in affordable housing are for Maine's people.