Portland’s wishes for 2010

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 30, 2009

CHELLIE PINGREE
US Representative, District 1
In 2010 our goal has to be more jobs for Maine people — new jobs in our traditional industries like manufacturing — from ships to wind towers — and also growth in the creative economy, local food production, small farming, fishing, and all of the businesses that draw on the beauty and character that is Maine. We have made great steps forward in the downtown district of Portland and in rural communities where we are expanding broadband access and supporting small local growers and food we can trust — here's to much more growth in the coming year. I'm also looking forward to passing a health care bill that makes it possible for Maine businesses to afford to cover their employees and individuals to feel secure that there will be affordable health care coverage when they need it.

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DIANE RUSSELL

DIANE RUSSELL
State Representative, District 120 (Portland)
I would love to see everyone have access to affordable health care — with a special shout out to Linda [one of Russell's constituents] and to my cab drivers who keep me fighting for it. I would also like to see our nation address the global issue of climate change so that we can preserve this great place of ours for future generations. Oh, and a reprise of Wilco on the Pier next summer. That was awesome!

JESSICA TOMLINSON
Director of Public Relations, Maine College of Art
My 2010 hopes: Increased opportunities for visual and performing artists to connect with and grow their audiences. We need to transform our national visibility and reputation as an arts city into dollars for those who make it happen. We're fortunate to have some new leaders and new initiatives that will play a critical role in this area moving forward: the artist residency program on Congress Street, the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and the Creative Portland Corporation.

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