Over Packed District Work Period, Golden Discusses Broadband with Small Businesses, Housing for Veterans, and Forest Products Innovation at UMaine

October 14, 2019
Press Release
Congressman visits Maine small businesses, takes a ride on UMaine’s world record-breaking 3D-printed patrol boat, and learns about programs helping homeless veterans

PHILLIPS — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) wrapped up a packed district schedule in Maine last week, capping two weeks spent back in the Second District meeting with constituents, working with small businesses, and discussing career, education, and housing opportunities for homeless veterans at the Garry Owen House.

He began the week with a visit to Phillips Elementary, talking with students, teachers, and administrators and answering their questions. He visited former State Rep. Lance Harvell’s 8th grade class for a wide-ranging Q&A session that covered Golden’s start in public service, his approach to the dysfunction in Washington and his work to help Maine veterans.

Later, he spent the afternoon with County Seat Realty owner Jodi Hollingsworth, Bob Carleton, a local forester, and Tania Dawson, a clinical educator at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Representing three very different organizations, they discussed the value of rural broadband access for community businesses and healthcare, and the challenges facing rural Mainers who don’t yet have reliable service.

The next day, Golden spent the morning touring the Garry Owen House. The Garry Owen House, a transitional house for homeless veterans, provides support for those looking to achieve career, educational, health and housing goals. In the Maine State House, Golden helped lead numerous efforts to support veterans, particularly those experiencing homelessness. Golden’s office will be working with a Garry Owen House resident to connect them with services and benefits they’ve earned.

He later joined the Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union for their grand opening. The Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union is the first Maine credit union chartered to service Maine’s small farmers. At the event, Golden spoke to the audience about the challenges Maine’s more than 7,500 small farms face, and the value of an institution that provides focused financial services specifically for Maine’s agricultural community.

On Thursday, Congressman Golden attended the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center 3D printer unveiling. While at the ceremony, he joined Sen. Collins and King for a ride on a 5,000lb patrol boat, printed in less than 72 hours by what is now considered the world’s largest 3D printer. UMaine’s goal is to print with materials that are 50% wood, providing new opportunities for Maine’s robust forest products industry. The Guinness Book of World Records presented UMaine with three awards at the ceremony for their record-breaking work. 

Golden closed out the week with Bangor High School students in the afternoon, answering their questions on a hike at Chick Hill in Clifton and taking in Maine’s famous fall foliage.