A majority of Portland councilors say they are open to the idea of building a new police and fire headquarters in the city’s Libbytown neighborhood, even if the idea came as a surprise when floated by the city manager during a public meeting this month. However, they also said the plan needs much more discussion and raises questions about costs and financing and environmental problems at the proposed location, which has a long history as the site of a dump and industrial activities. A state review of the past environmental testing in the area confirms there are elevated levels of contaminants such as arsenic and lead that could add costs to any redevelopment.City Manager Jon Jennings broached the idea during a City Council subcommittee meeting nearly two weeks ago about a potential land swap with the Maine Department of Transportation. It took many councilors by surprise, although six out of the nine councilors who responded to questions from the Press Herald said they’re … [Read more...] about Idea for new police, fire headquarters welcomed by most Portland councilors
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With every election season comes the possibility of change. Political parties must make their cases to voters, and elected officials, no matter how long they’ve served, must again win the support of their constituents. And while incumbency is often a powerful advantage in New York, 2018 is already shaping up to see more turnover than in a typical year. It’s in this time of transition, with a new crop of fresh-faced candidates shaking things up, that we turn our attention to the many young individuals who are making their mark in New York City politics – and not just those seeking and winning elected office. Jamie Ansorge Counsel, Cozen O'Connor; Government Relations Adviser, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Political activism, Jamie Ansorge says, is “in my blood.” In high school, he campaigned for candidates on street corners outside Stuyvesant Town. In college, he marched against the war in Iraq. During law school, he spent time at the Occupy Wall … [Read more...] about The 2018 New York City 40 Under 40
And his self-deprecating jokes about being a “white boy from North Dakota” are clearly landing well with the crowd of around 40,000. The black family next to me, Bibles in hands, laugh and nod along. But if, like me, you were an evangelical kid who spent the ’80s and ’90s being carted by the busload to Christian events, Hall raises some red flags. He looks like the latest incarnation of the “cool” pastors who lured teenagers into stadiums with Christian rock bands—and then indoctrinated them on the need for prayer in public schools, the dangers of teaching evolution, the rise of the gay lifestyle, and, of course, the mass murder of the unborn. At 35, Hall has been recognized as a leading voice among a new generation of evangelicals. Fox & Friends went so far as to call him “the Billy Graham of the next generation.” And that’s not just hype: Hall and his evangelical organization Pulse, based in northeast Minneapolis, have … [Read more...] about Can millennial pastor Nick Hall bridge the generational divide among evangelical Christians?
New spacious fire house means efficiency for Broken Bow Volunteer Fire & Rescue (NTV News) BROKEN BOW, Neb. — Folks in Broken Bow have a new sight to see. On Thursday, the Volunteer Fire and Rescue team opened its doors to their new fire house. brand new on eight acres, built for efficiency and officially servicing the community of Broken Bow, this new fire house is located just off highway two. It has been a project for nearly seven years, the old fire house was too dated and too small. Andy Holland, the Fire EMA Coordinator for Broken Bow, told NTV News that the new facility is twice as large as the last, eliminating issues they had with storing ambulances and fire trucks. "So we had two separate buildings with trucks in it. This building here, we have everything in it. I mean we've had people from the public say, ‘I didn't even know you guys had that,’ and it's like, well it's been in storage because we didn't have anywhere to put it,” said … [Read more...] about New spacious fire house means efficiency for Broken Bow Volunteer Fire & Rescue
A new federal tax shelter seeks to unlock some of the $6.1 trillion in unrealized capital gains and create a downpour of investments in economically parched areas. And Colorado officials are rushing to cash-in on an economic wave they hope will roll across the plains and mountains. “The state is in the vanguard,” Bruce Katz, a co-founder of The Governance Project, recently told a Denver audience. “If you are a first mover on policy, you will attract more capital.” The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created an “Opportunity Zone” program that allows investors to defer and even reduce their capital gains if they invest in economically distressed zones that were set up earlier this year in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Colorado was among the first to define 126 census tracts or zones to participate and hosted one of the first state-sponsored conferences on the topic on June 28, complete with experts from around the country. Katz urged the audience to … [Read more...] about New tax shelter expected to set off a wave of investment in Colorado