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Posted on: June 6, 2019

State Strategic Planning Sessions

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is holding several economic development planning sessions the week of June 24-27th across the state for input into the development of a Statewide Economic Development Plan.

As recently announced by Governor Mills, the state is embarking on the creation of a ten-year strategic plan.  Her vision is to see Maine known as a national leader for its forward-looking work in creating a diverse and sustainable economy.  We will empower innovators and entrepreneurs, attract young families and new businesses and revitalize rural Maine so that every person will know unequivocally that living in Maine means not only an unmatched quality of life, but an unmatched opportunity for good-paying jobs in innovative industries across the entire state.
These sessions are the first of many opportunities you will have to help create a successful strategy.  Please consider attending one of the eight regional meetings across the state.

Monday, June 24, 2019

  • Portland, 7:30am – 9:30am
    University of Southern Maine, Woodbury Campus Center, 35 Bedford Street, Portland
  • Wells, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    York County Community College, 112 College Drive, Wells, ME

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

  • Auburn, 7:30am – 9:30am
    Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, ME
  • Bangor, 7:30am – 9:30am
    Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor, in partnership with the Maine State Chamber and the Bangor Regional Chamber of Commerce, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor, ME
  • Farmington, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    University of Maine Farmington, North Dining Hall, 224 Main Street, Farmington, ME

Thursday, June 27, 2019

  • Rockland, 7:30am – 9:30am
    Floor, 91 Camden Street, Rockland, MEthUniversity of Maine, Rockland Center, Room 403, 4
  • Presque Isle, 7:30am – 9:30am
    University of Maine Presque Isle, in Partnership with the Maine State Chamber, St. John & Aroostook Rooms, 181 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME
  • Machias, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    University of Maine at Machias, 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias, ME

Three synergistic strategic goals have been set to realize the Governor’s Vision.  They are:

  1. Drive the value-added contribution/job from $87,160/job in 2018 to Y1 in 2030 while protecting Maine’s quality of life.
  2. Equitably grow the annual median wage/job from $31,550 to Y2 by 2030.
  3. Grow the workforce from 700,000 to Y3 by 2030

(1,2,3 Target Y to be set by DECD after further economic research.)

The sessions are structured to collect feedback on the barriers that would prevent attainment of the goals and brainstorm the potential solutions.  We will present background information explaining why these goals are important, and then break out into smaller work teams that will consider the regional, practical and cultural issues we must manage.  The results will be collected and assessed by a standing Strategic Working Team that has been formed by the Department of Economic and Community Development to write the final plan.
Please register here using code 246 as soon as possible if you can join us.

Heather Johnson
Department of Economic and Community Development 

Bruce Wagner
Finance Authority of Maine

Register here using registration code 246

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