State Roles in Economic Development: The Case of Forest-Based Development in Maine (1987)
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- Irland, Lloyd C.
The Irland Group, Augusta, Maine
- Clogan, Charles S.
Maine State Planning Office, Augusta, Maine
State and federal programs affecting local economic development based on wood have been little studied in the forestry community. There are two broad forms of development programs: (1) cost reduction, business mobility, and (2) entrepreneurial productivity programs. In Maine, all of the customary approaches have been attempted. A strong emphasis has been placed on providing market information, but direct lending to forest products firms has had mixed results. The state's most successful job-creating program with wood has been its electricity rate policies, which fostered the construction of a number of wood-fired electric generating plants employing hundreds of workers.
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