As we look back at the economic, political, and environmental events that defined 2016, we believe that CEI’s challenge is not to reinvent but to sharpen our focus in financing companies that provide quality jobs, operate sustainably (environmentally as well as financially), and work to expand economic opportunity, particularly for low-income people and communities in Maine and elsewhere in rural America.
This holiday season, we find comfort in connecting with friends, colleagues, partners, investors, clients and funders, and discovering and recommitting to commonalities: concern for the future and in the importance of opportunity for all people, the dignity of work, and the fact that we need each other in order to succeed. We are excited by inspiring news from our clients, such as recent expansions for textile manufacturer American Roots and music therapist pioneers Maine Music & Health LLC; new technology breakthroughs for Ocean Renewable Power Company, and the success of community gathering places Owl & Elm Pub and Fork Food Lab.
In the new year, we will be looking to you for help—and offering our help as well, in tackling the problems of poverty, racism, inequality and environmental degradation, and investing in solutions like local manufacturing, workforce training programs, women-owned businesses, and renewable energy.
Please stay in touch with us this winter as we complete a new five-year strategic plan. Effective partnerships are key to our strategies moving forward, and we commit to finding new ways to work together to reach common goals.
All of us at CEI wish you peace, love, and joy this holiday season.
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