Great article in the BDN the other day regarding some things I have already talked about here, regarding the Population and GDP of Maine, where those things are occurring and where the money is flowing. They hint that it isn’t flowing into the places where people are moving too, or where economic activity is occurring.
The big take-away is the cities are back in a big way. Even lowly Waterville and Augusta are growing again, however state funding formulas for schools, roads and other investments aren’t flowing into these areas where services, jobs and people in need tend to be. This makes a huge case for increasing the value of our urban places through guided infrastructure investment and promoting projects that pay back big dividends to solidify the ground on which these places stand. Give the article a read.