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October 24, 2012 | last updated October 24, 2012 11:15 am

Infrastructure study eyes S. Maine for 'home-shoring'

A study commissioned by the New England Council released Tuesday looks at infrastructure planning across the region, citing Southern Maine as a prime location for "home-shoring."

That concept — a play on "off-shoring" — is one of many proposed for the region in the study authored by consultants at Deloitte.

Along with the southern portion of the state, the study identified the I-91 corridor through New Hampshire and Massachusetts and Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley Corridor as potential locations for manufacturing and distribution facilities as part of a regional economic strategy.

The study also cites the 80% of Maine homes heated with oil in making a case for regional investments in natural gas transmission. The study also ranks Maine as the lowest percentage producer of renewable energy in New England, by 2011 figures.

Poll question: Is 'home-shoring' a promising concept for Maine manufacturing? Vote in our online poll.

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