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Reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is vital to mitigate climate change. To date reduction efforts have primarily focused on minimizing the production of carbon dioxide during electricity generation, transport, and other activities. Going forward, to the extent that carbon dioxide continues to be produced, it will need to be captured before release. Research is currently being undertaken into the possibility of injecting carbon dioxide into the seabed. One study aims to identify possible injection sites in the seabed along the northeast coast of the U.S. It is anticipated that, following identification of suitable sites, a demonstration project will be undertaken to assess the feasibility of offshore CCS. This paper outlines key regulatory requirements for the demonstration project and any subsequent commercial operations.
This state law requires developers to submit an impact report for retail stores that are 75,000 square feet or larger. The comprehensive impact study must identify the effects of the large-scale retail development on the community as a whole, including economic effects on existing retail operations, projected net job creation and loss, and potential environmental impacts.
This report provides analysis of Amtrak's Downeaster rail line, finding that the current level of service is generating increased usage and economic benefits. With further service and connectivity improvements the Downeaster and connected railroads could provide the basic infrastructure for extensive transit oriented development (TOD). A TOD is a compact and integrated development of homes, retail, and service businesses, public park space and other amenities that create an inviting atmosphere for pedestrians in the area that surrounds a public transit station.
This ordinance outlines how members of the Portland City Council shall be elected, and discusses the respective duties, powers, and tenure of office for each position. In particular, there are nine members of the city council; four of them, including the mayor, are elected at large from and by the registered voters of the entire city, and one shall be elected from each of the give districts of Portland. For the position of mayor only, the city clerk shall implement a ranked choice voting protocol.
This ordinance establishes the Creative Portland Development and Arts Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, as a ten-year program, to provide annual seed financing to support Creative Portland's operations.
The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) was retained by the Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance to collect and analyze data related to the economic impact of businesses in Portland, Maine. The primary purpose of the study was to quantify the impact of locally owned businesses compared to national chains on the local economy. MECEP's analysis found that in general every $100 spent at locally owned businesses generates an additional $58 in local impact. By comparison, $100 spent at a representative national chain store generates $33 in local impact. Stated differently, MECEP found that money spent at local businesses generates as much as a 76% greater return to the local economy than money spent at national chains. These findings are consistent with similar studies conducted in other states and can vary by business type.
An ordinance which establishes Creative Portland, a non-profit corporation created to support Portland's creative/arts economy by implementing, facilitating, and administering programs which enhance creative opportunities in Portland and support art and artists.
This report outline the cost in terms of public assistance the New England states must spend to subsidize low wage employment models.
The Jay Environmental Control and Improvement Ordinance is a comprehensive regulatory plan to protect and enhance the public health and environment of the Town of Jay and to prevent threats to health and the environment posed by the discharge of pollutants to air, water and land. The Ordinance prohibits certain activities that may adversely affect public health and the environment and regulates subdivisions, landfills, point source discharges into water and emissions of air contaminants through permits issued and enforced by the Planning Board. This edition contains ordinance amendments through the Twenty-Third Ordinance Amending the Jay Environmental Control and Improvement Ordinance, enacted April 27, 2009.
This model ordinance establishes a PACE program through which owners of qualifying property located in the PACE district who so choose to access financing for energy saving improvements to their property through PACE loans; and sets guidelines and regulations of PACE program administration.