Grow L&A believes that the economic futures of Auburn and Lewiston are tied together. With three major development projects in the works, our bright economic forecast is drawing attention from across the state and the nation.
However, we are VERY concerned that a rising, divisive voice is endangering this forecast. Under the cry of budget shortfalls, the Auburn City Council is moving to unfund two key economic efforts:
- the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council and
- a passenger rail feasibility study.
The efforts by the City of Auburn to withdraw support for the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council is troubling – sending a clear message to current trade and business negotiations that states “the people of Auburn are not ready to welcome their future”.
The sudden scheduling of Auburn Council’s vote to RECIND approved, matched funding for exploring passenger rail reinforces Auburn’s tentativeness regarding its future, but also informs businesses, investors and its residents that Auburn cannot be trusted to honor its commitments and keep its word.
NOW is the time for Auburn and Lewiston to support joint efforts that make good economic sense for businesses and people of our communities. Grow L+A believes in the promise of our futures, and we want our elected officials to work together, in the spirit of cooperation, delivering a clear, united message to business and industry, that we are ready to embrace the future.
Please, attend the Auburn City Council meeting Monday evening to show your support for LAEGC and passenger rail service.
Auburn City Building
60 Court St. (free parking in garage)