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The Second Annual Envision Maine Summit: Conversations About Maine's Future

  • Friday, November 20, 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Abromson Center - USM, Portland, Maine

Envision Maine's 2nd Annual Summit on Maine's Next Economy
Conversations About Maine's Future

2 Keynotes. 35 Speakers. A book release. A surprise video. And a room full of optimism about Maine’s future.


8:00 a.m. Registration

8:30 a.m. Morning Keynote: David Shaw: IDEXX founder

9:00 a.m. A Special Tribute From Maine Film-Makers

8:10 a.m. Alan Caron: MAINE’S NEXT ECONOMY book release

9:20 a.m. Visions for Maine's Future (5 minutes each)

  • Colin Woodard, Author and Journalist
  • Steve Bromage, Maine State Historical Society
  • Catherine Renault, Innovation PolicyWorks
  • Don Gooding, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development
  • John Piotti, Maine Farmland Trust
  • George Smith, Outdoorsman & Author
  • Jim Shaffer, Former Dean, USM
  • Ryan Neale, Maine Development Foundation
  • Fletcher Kittredge, GWI
  • Phil Coupe, Revision Energy
  • Chuck Lawton, Economist and Columnist
  • Cathy Lee, Lee International/ The Climate Table
  • Kristina Egan, Policy Director, Envision Maine

10:30 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

Producing More of Our Own Energy

Moderator: Jeff Marks, Executive Director, E2Tech

  • David Littell, Regulatory Assistance Project, former PUC Commissioner
  • Thomas Welch, former Chairman of the Maine PUC
  • Mitch Tyson, Chairman of the Board, Northeast Clean Energy Council

Wiring Maine: The Need for Broadband Everywhere

Moderator: Sam Fratoni, Envision Maine Chair and Maine Angels

  • Tim Schneider, Maine Public Advocate
  • Jeff LeTourneau, Executive Director, NetworkMaine
  • Sue Woods, PHD, bioinformatics and telemedicine

Reinventing Education for the Innovation Age

Moderator: Jim Shaffer, former Dean at USM

  • Derek Pierce, Principal, Casco Bay High School
  • Holly Parker, Coordinator of Academic Innovations, UNE
  • David Sullivan, Head of Breakwater School and Breakwater Learning
12:00 p.m. Luncheon Keynote

Immigration and In-Migration: Maine Needs More People

Dan Wallace, Director, State and Local Initiatives, Partnership for a New American Economy

States are competing in a race for talent from across the U.S. and around the globe. With slow growth and an aging population, Maine is facing a uniquely urgent need to attract and welcome new residents and workers. This discussion will focus on the role of the foreign-born in addressing this challenge, and will highlight opportunities for Maine to boost both immigration and in-migration in order to remain competitive in the global economy.

1:15 p.m. Let’s Get to Work

New Hope for Maine's Rural Economy

Moderator: Alan Caron

  • Charlotte Mace, Biobased Maine
  • Mike Wilson, Senior Program Director, Northern Forest Center
  • Keith Bisson, CEI

Climate Change: What Comes Next?

Moderator: Kristina Egan, Envision Maine

  • Ed Miller, Maine Lung Association
  • Lucy Van Hook, Fisheries Advisor
  • Tyler Kidder, Sustainability Coordinator, USM

We Need More People

Moderator: TBD

  • Tae Chong, CEI
  • John Dorrer, Workforce Analyst
  • Chris Hall, Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce
3:15 p.m. Reports from the Breakout Sessions: What's Next?

4:00 p.m. Networking, reconnecting and new friends

E2Tech is a proud sponsor of this event!

Register for this event here.

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