In a change meant to showcase how the organization plans to stay at the front edge of community-building and progressive thinking in economic development, the Twin Village Alliance will change its name, but not its mission. The organization will become the Neighborhood Economy Alliance.
The Twin Village Alliance is a local nonprofit dedicated to local economic growth by providing information, facilitation, and resources for area businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits. Over the past 10 years, the Twin Village Alliance has been involved in many and varied community development initiatives, including events such as last year’s Twin Villages Business Forum and Villages of Light, public policy discussions, and programs such as parking coordination and the train/trolley project.
Past Twin Village Alliance Board Chair Mary Kate Reny is excited about what’s next for the organization. “Our community is very fortunate to have such a vibrant economy, and to have local, young entrepreneurs wanting to take the baton and run with it!” she said.
As the organization welcomes new board members and additional leadership, the new Neighborhood Economy Alliance will seek to become an even more collaborative economic development engine.
“We really want NEA to be a ‘by the people, for the people’ type of organization,” said Torie DeLisle, director of development at Skidompha Library and one of the new members of the Neighborhood Economy Alliance Board of Directors. “The whole purpose of the organization is to be a hub, a place for collaboration between area businesses, nonprofits, and local government. We want to be part think tank, part matchmaking service.”
With the goal of supporting and celebrating a vibrant and diverse local economy, the freshly rebranded Neighborhood Economy Alliance will collaborate with the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations on this year’s Twin Villages Business Forum in September.
For more information about the Neighborhood Economy Alliance, go to neighborhoodeconomyalliance.org.