Photo by Corey Templeton
Greater Portland Landmark's Quality of Place
Quality of Place — the ready access to natural beauty and recreational activities, coupled with charming, authentic historic downtowns — gives Maine an edge in attracting people who can live and work anywhere in the country, as well as tourists. In 2006 the Brookings Institution produced a report, Charting Maine’s Future, sponsored by GrowSmart Maine to recommend ways for Maine to invest in its strongest asset. An outgrowth of the report was the enactment of a stronger state historic preservation tax credit program, which has resulted in millions of dollars of investment in rehabilitation projects throughout the state. In addition, the state promoted an initiative to standardize building codes and a revolving loan fund for historic properties.