BLAINE – (April 8, 2021) – A Transportation Assessment just released by the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce says transportation in the region is still one of the top issues for local businesses.
“There’s no shortage of priorities, a lot of infrastructure needs out there,” said Chamber President Lori Higgins. The report found an interest among 21 cities and others in collaborating to find solutions, possibly through a coalition to represent the area. It could be something similar to an economic development effort made several years ago.
“How can we be a stronger voice as a region on our priorities? The goal is to have a unified voice and bring home results,” said Higgins.
Higgins says the next step would be to bring stakeholders from cities, the county and businesses back together to see if there’s interest in building a coalition, and what that might look like. She says transportation is a fundamental issue when it comes to locating businesses or helping them grow.
The study was finished last summer, but its release was delayed because businesses were occupied with COVID issues. You can find the full report on the MetroNorth Chamber website.