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The Ige administration is ramping up the state’s efforts to provide more housing for low-and moderate-income families. “Our goal is to create as many affordable units as possible — especially for families in the 30 to 60 percent area median income range,” said the governor. On Maui, Gov. Ige signed SB 2293 that aims to ...
Read More Governor acts to preserve, create more affordable housing

‘Aina Pono wins high marks

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Featured, Main

  The ‘Aina Pono Hawai‘i State Farm to School program has earned five-stars from some of its toughest customers: the students. “Who wouldn’t want fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and beef instead of canned food?” said one high schooler. Thanks to a public-private partnership spearheaded by the Lieutenant Governor’s office, the pilot project that began ...
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For Danielle Bass, the state’s new sustainability coordinator, less can definitely mean more if it helps save the planet — and taxpayer dollars. Less waste. More awareness. More coordination and connecting the dots across the community. “The practice of sustainability comes down to a balance of three things: planet, people and prosperity — the three ...
Read More The economics of sustainability: Saving taxpayer dollars — and the planet

Strong, steady and strategic. Whether it’s helping disaster victims recover or improving the lives of working families, Governor Ige has committed to delivering on the state’s most pressing challenges. This edition highlights the latest efforts for disaster relief, new laws to expand affordable housing, education, and environmental and consumer protection, the launch of major state ...
Read More From the governor: Keeping promises and moving forward

A home you can afford. A Hawai‘i that’s healthy and safe. A good education and jobs that pay a living wage. Those are some of the goals Governor Ige committed to when he first took office. Now, those goals are becoming a reality with several bills the governor has signed into law and strides already ...
Read More Governor enacts new laws to help working families

From temporary shelters to FEMA relief centers, farm loans and state and federal aid of all types — the message to disaster survivors on three islands is clear: “You’re not alone.” Governor Ige, the federal government and a multitude of state and county agencies have mobilized to offer support — on the ground and in ...
Read More Governor, state and counties mobilize disaster relief

In recent months, Governor Ige and several state agencies have announced major construction projects as well as continuing to build more housing to meet pent-up demand. “We’ve made strategic decisions at a time when the construction industry is slowing,” said the governor. “Transportation and education capital projects totaled $355 million during the first four months ...
Read More Strategic decisions on major state construction projects

If you want to know where the story of Hawai‘i’s Japanese people begins, the answer lies in the Gannenmono — the first group of 148 contract laborers from Japan recruited to work on the islands’ sugar plantations. They arrived in Honolulu Harbor in 1868 and were the first of the 180,000 Japanese workers who changed ...
Read More Honoring the Gannenmono and their enduring legacy

The name sounds like child’s play, but the vision is real: Creating workspaces such as the Entrepreneur’s Sandbox in Kaka‘ako that support technology and innovation — the foundation for the Ige administration’s goal of creating 80,000 new jobs paying $80,000 a year by 2030. An April groundbreaking ceremony for the $7.3 million project marked the ...
Read More Entrepreneur’s Sandbox: A vision for a 21st century future

What started as an idea from Governor Ige to tap local tech talent to improve state services has gone on to win the top State IT Innovation of the Year award from StateScoop, based in Washington, D.C. The annual award honors the nation’s most outstanding efforts to make state and local government more efficient and ...
Read More Code Challenge wins national Innovation of the Year award