County business leaders gathered over breakfast to discuss important issues in the region. Dana Connors, the President and CEO of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce spoke and says they go around and put the recent legislative session in perspective and also says they take great pride in working with the local and regional chambers.
” What were some of the good things that were passed that help our economy grow, to help people reach a higher level of success, and what were some of the things that stood in the way of growing the economy or helping people to be as successful as they want to be,” says Connors.
“It’s always a great chance to have Dana up here to hear about his perspective on the legislative process, and how we in the County can impact. Even though it sometimes feels like Augusta is a long ways away,” says President of LEAD, Jim Davis.
The economy and people of the County were the topics of discussion. Especially the young people. How can we keep our young people here in the County, whether they’re going to college, or pursuing skilled trades.
“We want to keep them here in Aroostook. Have the economy that’s inviting to them, and certainly create training opportunities so that when they’re ready to go out in the work force, we have trained people for the jobs that are out and wanting employees,” says Davis.
From the chamber and commerce and business perspective, City Manager, Jim Bennett says the most important thing is to make the rest of the state understand how important the mining opportunity is in the County.
“Figure out how we can get through the process with the folks in Augusta, to make them understand that the last thing anybody would want to do up here is to create jobs at the expense of our environment,” says Bennett.
Dana Conners says he has witnessed growth, success, and says he couldn’t be more proud of the people in the County.