Welcome to keysregion.org
Serving the People of Kittery, Eliot, York,
and South Berwick, Maine
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This website offers information about the KEYS towns, and ways to get involved in making our region the best possible place to live and work. Details about community sectors are listed to the left, including draft plans for the future, and to the right you will find information about local events and initiatives, ways to network, resources for finding help, and downloadable publications about the region.
The KEYS towns -- Kittery, Eliot, York, and South Berwick -- are the four southernmost towns in Maine, separated by the Piscataqua River from the greater Portsmouth, NH area. With more than 36,000 residents in 2005, these towns have more population than the city of Portsmouth, and more than many counties in Maine.
These towns, rich in natural resources and talented people, are only an hour's drive from Boston MA to the south, Manchester NH to the west, and Portland ME to the north. Population growth has been rapid, and tourist and commuter traffic is high and growing. Will our future "just happen" to us, or can citizens look at possible futures and make conscious choices about shaping the future?
Hamilton House, South Berwick
The view northwest from Mt. Agamenticus in York
In 2004-2006, a planning process took place called Our Future by Design: Working Better Together. The plans made during this process can be seen in the topic links to the left.
The OFBD work, a renewal of planning initiated in 1997 via a Future Search Conference, was guided by a Coordinating Council made up of representatives from diverse community sectors, with the process infrastructure managed by a small Executive Board of the Coalition. Day-to-day operations were supported by Coalition Coordinator Diane Brandon, assisted by Val Brockway. A staff member of the York County Cooperative Extension Office of University of Maine Extension Services gave a day per week of his time to the initiative. In addition to the support listed above, funding for the project came from the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce and Maine Sea Grant, with major funding from the NH Charitable Foundation - Piscataqua Region.
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery
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