Less than two weeks `til Summit 2012 – have you registered? If not, here's the 3rd reason you should join us in Augusta on October 23!
TOURISM, THE ECONOMY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Maine’s uniquely beautiful environment has always been a cornerstone of both our economy and our community strength. At Summit 2012 consider how Maine’s environment has shaped our past and envision the role it will play in Maine’s future. Attend the morning breakout session “Maine’s Summer Phenomenon – A Season of Challenges and Opportunities” to explore the dynamics of Maine’s relationship with tourism. The session’s panelists– Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments’ Dina Jackson, The Island Institute’s Rob Snyder, Maine Summer Camps’ Andy Lilienthal and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ Stuart Kestenbaum– will emphasize the need for strategies to provide accommodations for our summer visitors, while minimizing the detrimental impacts of tourism on our treasured natural resources. In the afternoon “Native Tribes in Maine – Building Upon the Natural Confluence of Environmental, Economic and Community Values” will discuss how tribal communities have been employing smart growth and environmentally friendly practices for generations. Discover examples of successful environmental preservation and development projects that strengthen local economies and enhance community well being with David Dow, Tribal Planner from the Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians; Mike Rogers with Coplon Associates from the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians; Elizabeth Neptune, Tribal Council Member of the Passamaquoddy in Indian Township; Vera Francis, Tribal Planner for the Passamaquoddy at Pleasant Point and Dan McCaw, Fisheries Biologist for the Penobscot Indian Nation in a discussion led by Susan Hammond of Four Directions Development Corporation.
Summit 2012 Breakout Sessions allow you to explore in-depth the topics and issues that are important to you. At each session a moderator will introduce the topic at hand with panelists providing a brief overview of their work in the relevant area. Plenty of time will be devoted to Q&A and discussion with the audience.
Registration is now open for the Summit 2012. If you have already registered – thank you! Please forward these emails to a friend so they can come too! If you haven't yet registered, why wait? Members and students receive reduced rates, so register today and become a member at the same time.
We envision a day filled with engaging discussions, new ideas, exciting success stories and inspiring actions. But we can't do it without you. Your insights will expand the discussions, building the collective impact of the Summit and providing the direction and energy needed to move Maine toward sustainable prosperity. Register today and stay actively involved in growing Maine's economy and protecting the reasons we choose to live here.
See you at the Summit!