Turning federal tax credits into rural jobs

A Maine financial company has achieved mastery of a federal program to create jobs in communities that need them the most.

BERLIN, N.H. — Rising from the heart of this old paper-making town, a biomass-fueled power plant is reclaiming the shambles of the shuttered pulp mill, creating hundreds of construction jobs, saving hundreds more forestry jobs, and providing a reliable, low-emissions source of electricity for northland utilities.

Some 75 miles to the southeast, a new factory in Brunswick, Maine, will soon begin production of high-tech surgical dressings. The Swedish firm that owns the factory recently held its first job fair, seeking 50 maintenance technicians, production workers, and engineers for the gleaming 79,000-square-foot facility.

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