Statement of Purpose
In 2014, Eastern Maine experienced the devastating impacts of the loss of pulp and paper mills and jobs along with significant closures ranging from manufacturing to retail. Although our region has traditionally experienced employment contractions due to market changes, the size and scope with these losses warranted aggressive strategic planning and a reset of how we adapt to foster our revitalization.
In October 2014, over 250 people gathered for a community meeting to discuss how we as a region should respond to these shifts and announced the Re-Engineering the Region project. The message at that time was – how do we respond, can we identify new opportunities, can we work together as a region to spur change, and more?
Three years later, the story in Eastern Maine has changed. We need to celebrate our successes, demonstrate how far we have come in our recovery as a region, and showcase the opportunities we can advance to reach a goal of economic diversity, support for small businesses, create and retain livable-wage jobs, and build a workforce skilled and trained to fill these positions.
The event on October 16, 2017 will address all these points and will serve as a platform to bring together stakeholders and national speakers to share and engage in the region’s transformation to more opportunity. Building on the awareness that technology and innovation are major drivers, EMDC and its partners will host a one-day event that will feature technology prominently throughout the day. Our vision is that this event will be a unique and innovative experience where attendees can learn, share ideas, and experience a different kind of meeting phenomenon.