Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) is a multifaceted organization that in 1977 took on the task of improving the lives of low-income people and communities in Maine. Using the lessons learned in the parable of the hedgehog and the fox, this article describes the many ways that CE/ seeks to provide opportunities for low-income people in Maine. Working on the principle that economic development and environmental sustainability are not mutually exclusive, CEI seeks to invest in the community with the concept of the three Es. The author outlines the ways that CEI works in its community and provides a historical context for the work that it is doing today in Maine and Northern New England.



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