Nancy Smith - "Charting Maine's Future: Making Headway"
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Nancy Smith - "Charting Maine's Future: Making Headway"
Charting Maine’s Future - Making HeadwayWe extend special thanks to those who provided funding for this project:Elmina B. Sewall Foundation Daniel HildrethHorizon Foundation, Inc. L.L. Bean, Inc.The Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner FoundationThe Nature Conservancy in Maine Anna Marie and John ThronThe Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust Verrill Dana LLP
The report remains relevantbecause it took an idea thatpeople understoodintuitively – quality of place– and made it clear:living, working, and playingin healthy, vibrantcommunities makes goodeconomic sense foreveryone.
Focus on these recommendationsmay have inadvertently madeCharting Maine’s Future appearto be the strategic plan for Maine.We recognize that Maine’seconomy will thrive and that ourcommunities and natural andworking landscapes will remainhealthy when Charting Maine’sFuture recommendations aremeshed with equally powerfulefforts related to workforcetraining and healthcare costs, andenergy challenges.
What We Learned: Six LessonsLesson No. 1: Local independence is cultural, historic, and not to be ignored Going Forward: Enhance community identity while empowering Mainers to engage in collaborative efforts. Lesson No. 2: Government is not always the most effective change agent Going Forward: Build support for key efforts through relationships with recognized community and business leaders. Focus on those initiatives with strong grass roots support as they are most likely to result in success.
Lesson No. 3: One state, diverse people Going Forward: Directly address the tensions that exist between Maine’s diverse parts in order to create a sense that Maine is, while based on a foundation of individual communities, made up of a population that is “in it together.” Lesson No. 4: Mainers are cautious Going Forward: Celebrate our successes! Share lessons learned so that others can more readily follow the path being set. Focus efforts where they will have the greatest value. And be bold every once in a while.
Lesson No. 5: Investment requires sustained commitment Going Forward: The state must commit to a consistent level of investment in innovations and quality places that will strengthen our economy. At whatever level Mainers are prepared to support, investments must be done in a way that is reasonably predictable. In return, Maine must offer consistent and reasonable regulations, at all levels of government, so that the private sector can be confident their resources are well invested. Lesson No. 6: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it’s still there Going Forward: Be patient and consistent and celebrate our successes.
KEY RECOMMENDATIONS: UPDATE AND SUCCESSESInvestments in Maine’s Quality PlacesOne of the strengths is in connecting the importance of healthyand productive natural landscapes with equally vigorousdowntowns of all sizes throughout Maine. This concept was nothighlighted before.
Revitalization of Maine’s Cities and TownsMaine’s tradition of local control places enormous responsibilities on smallcommunities. While many are overwhelmed by growth and increased through-traffic, others experience zero or negative growth.Towns functioning independently made sense when people lived their lives largelywithin the confines of a single town. How do we re-engineer government intothinking more regionally, while still preserving the best of our small town cultureand traditions?
Investments in Innovation“Charting Maine’s Future encouraged us to continue to invest in Maine’sresourcefulness and creativity.” Focus on sectors where we have a competitiveedge.
Government Efficiency and Tax Reduction/ReformA top to bottom overhaul of bureaucracies would not only improve service andfinance needed investment, but could also make a down-payment on tax reform.“For regional cooperation at any level…it has to be more than ‘the right thing todo’. The average citizen must be able to understand: Is this actually going to saveme money.” Ryan Pelletier, Northern Maine Development Commission
Announcing Healthy Maine Streets!“Making the healthy choice the easy choice – for ME!”
Announcing Healthy Maine Streets! $1,641 million two-year Community Transformation Grant (HHS/CDC) in partnership with MCD Public Health 20 downtowns: 10 Main Street communities and 10 Downtown Network communities create local Wellness Councils Helps small businesses develop effective, community-based worksite wellness programs Training, assessing, planning, tracking and incentives provided Result? Healthier, more productive employees and communities!
Lynn BromleySmall Business Advocate New England Region U.S. SBA Office of Advocacy Ten Causeway Street Boston, MA 02222 Phone: (617) 565-8418 firstname.lastname@example.org
“There isn’t a bold revolutionary vision in economic development. This is a block and tackle event.” - Invest in Maine’s quality natural and build places - Support our innovators - Ensure government on all levels is effective in providing appropriate services - Support community planning and development within and beyond municipal boundaries.
Making Headway“The Challenge for National and State Policy Makers is two-fold; to develop Economic and Growth Policies that Preservethe Maine Experience and the Second, Most DifficultHurdle, Convince some Mainers to Trust them.” David Trahan, Executive Director Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Elected officials can only go as far as those who elect them are prepared to go. Making Headway, p. 7 “The world belongs to the collaborators.” Senator Lynn Bromley