Housing symposium

To the Editor:

The Island Housing Trust is immensely grateful to our speakers, our sponsors and our community for helping make the May 11 Island Housing Symposium a success.

What a terrific turnout, with over 100 in attendance to learn about and discuss strategies to create housing opportunities and generate opportunities to work together as a community.

We send thanks to our speakers, who traveled from across Maine and Martha’s Vineyard to share statistical data, housing development expertise and funding opportunities: Kevin Bunker, founding principal of Developers Collaborative; John Dorrer, labor economist; Liza Fleming-Ives, deputy director of Genesis Community Loan Fund; Philippe Jordi, executive director of Island Housing Trust of Martha’s Vineyard; Robert Osborne, planning director, town of Bar Harbor; Hannah Pingree, North Haven Sustainable Housing; and Kyle Shank, board of directors, Island Housing Trust.

Many thanks to the following businesses for their contributions: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, Darlings, E.M.R. Inc., Eric Henry Contractor, Falt Builders, The First, Doug Gott & Sons, The Jackson Laboratory, LARK Studio, Machias Savings Bank, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, MDI Hospital, Nelson F. Goodwin Co. and L.S. Robinson Insurance.

Our thanks to the following businesses for providing services: August Moon Catering, Cape Air, Crooked Porch Coffee, Witham Hotels and Stanley Subaru. A special thanks to our host, MDI Biological Laboratory.

As always, we thank all who believe in and support Island Housing Trust and our efforts to build year-round community.

Alison Beane

Executive Director

Island Housing Trust

Mount Desert

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