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A Summit on Rural Maine’s Next Economy

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A SUMMIT ON

MAINE’S NEXT RURAL ECONOMY

Friday, February 10, 2017   Cross Insurance Center   Bangor, Maine

Over 50 Rural Maine innovators will share their work and vision for a vibrant rural Maine future. Important discussions on farming, forestry, tourism, fishing, energy, broadband, education, regional collaboration and people from away.

Registrations will open on Monday, January 9th.

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It’s Time to Solarize Maine

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GRASSROOTS ACTION IN FREEPORT NEEDS TO SPREAD AROUND THE STATE

On a chilly Saturday morning, the parking lots around Freeport’s town hall were full. In the overflowing town council chambers a cross-section of residents and businesses were discussing residential solar systems, energy efficiency and financing alternatives.

The gathering was organized by a group called Solarize Freeport, which is the product of the vision and energy of the town’s planner, Donna Larson, who researched grassroots solar initiatives in New Hampshire and around the country, and helped organized the group.

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We Need to Stop Trying to Be a Cheap Date

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WE WON’T ‘ATTRACT’ TOMORROW’S JOBS, WE HAVE TO GROW THEM HERE

When it comes to growing the Maine economy, we’re our own worst enemy. Rather than work together, we spend our time finger-pointing. We attack joblessness with handouts rather than hand-ups. But our biggest weakness is more fundamental. We’ve got an attitude problem.

Our widespread pessimism leads to some crazy ideas. One is that we ought to make ourselves into a cheap date so we can attract companies to come to Maine. Crazy ideas are like eccentric uncles: spend too much time with them and you can forget how out of touch they are. Read More