From an article in the Bangor Daily News
The city’s department heads sat down with council members Thursday night(November 6,2014) to set priorities and talk about critical issues for the coming term.
One concern city officials have stems from a report released last legislative session that suggested Maine could be home to one or two more casinos, depending on size and location. That spurs concerns about the bottom line of Maine’s first major gaming operation: Hollywood Casino in Bangor. After Oxford Casino opened, Hollywood Casino saw its revenues drop by about $9 million. With further drop in revenues, there’s a chance the facility might ask for a decrease in valuation — leading to a decrease in tax payments, according to Ben Birch, the city’s tax assessor.
The city is in the middle of major infrastructure projects in the heart of its downtown and along Main Street. Bangor International Airport is in the middle of a $10 million modernization project. A firm has been chosen to study traffic flow on Broadway, one of the city’s most congested areas. Continue reading →
Bangor International Airport’s success and growth has been a product of a wide range of community efforts and work. When I served as Mayor in 1999 I was fortunate to work with then Governor Angus King who listened to what we needed and helped bring almost a million extra dollars to Bangor for improved marketing of the airport. This article deals with with the 2000 agreement I worked out with the City of Halifax on behalf of Bangor International Airport and the City of Bangor to protect the city’s lucrative pre-clearance business on international flights. It takes a village to build an economy and create jobs. The first step is people working together constructively.
As the chair of the Bangor City Council’s Special Committee on Halifax Pre-Clearance, I am pleased to report that the committee accomplished its mandate and the Bangor-Halifax agreement approved in October is a direct product of the framework created by the committee in public session during its last six months.
What is Halifax Pre-Clearance and what does it mean to Bangor? Halifax, Nova Scotia International Airport submitted an application to the U.S. government pursuant to a 2001 U.S.-Canada Air Service Treaty to have originating pre-clearance services in Halifax. This would allow travelers who originate in Nova Scotia to pre-clear U.S. Customs in Halifax instead of being required to do so in a U.S. airport. The U.S.-Canadian Treaty allows such applications. Continue reading →