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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Rep. Poliquin Announces Legislation That Could Usher In Major Economic Development and New Jobs to Old Town

February 6, 2017
Press Release
Poliquin’s legislation would remove outdated land restrictions and help attract new businesses and new jobs to the community

OLD TOWN, Maine – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) announced that he will be introducing legislation to revise an outdated law in Old Town to help attract businesses to the region and create jobs for the community.  Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:

 

“All of the pieces are in place to grow jobs and businesses right here in Old Town,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Government should exist to help—not hurt—our businesses and communities in Maine. Working closely with town and local business leaders, today I am proud to push forward this legislation to remove these outdated restrictions and enable the town to move ahead in attracting new businesses to the region, bringing new jobs to the community.”

 

Congressman Bruce Poliquin speaks at a press conference at the Old Town Airport to discuss his new legislation on job and business growth in the area.

 

Congressman Poliquin has worked closely with town officials from Old Town, local business leaders and officials from the Old Town Municipal Airport in developing legislation to remove outdated restrictions on land so businesses can grow there and bring new jobs to the community.

 

Recently, town officials and officials from the airport have expressed interest in developing portions of the land adjacent to the airport for commercial use to attract businesses. In fact, the town has invested more than $1 million in infrastructure improvements to help bring job creators to the site. Multiple businesses have expressed interest in using the site, each bringing potential new jobs to the area. However, town officials recently discovered that antiquated restrictions exist that would prevent the site from being used for these businesses.

 

In 1937, Congress passed the Bankhead Jones Farm Tenant Act, a law that authorized the federal government to acquire damaged lands for the purpose of rehabilitating the space for various programs, mostly related to farming. Some of the land purchased was in Old Town. In the early 1980’s, this land in Old Town was sold to be used as part of the Old Town Airport with the stipulation that it only be used strictly for that purpose, due to requirements in law under the Farm Tenant Act.

 

Congressman Poliquin’s bill would remove the deed restriction on the land completely so that the town and airport can move forward with the project of developing the land to attract and welcome new businesses and jobs to the area.