Friday, 07 December 2018 18:28

Maine leaders explore state's economic and environmental future Featured

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AUGUSTA - Leaders and community members from across the state gathered in Augusta today to discuss the future of Maine's economy and environment.

With a new legislature, state leaders are focused on Maine's future growth in areas like clean energy.

 

"We really wanted to get a full spectrum of people, so advocates and industry and everyone really coming together to work on these pressing needs that Maine faces," said Acadia Center Policy Advocate Kathleen Meil.

 

Hosted by the Acadia Center, the building a stronger Maine forum focused on a range of issues.

 

"Improving our transportation access and infrastructure and safety, improving our energy reliance," said Meil.

 

Community leaders and policy makers from across different sectors were there to voice their own opinions

 

"There's a lot of interest in working at all levels, from municipal to regional and interstate on issues of Maine's energy independence and our economic and energy future," said State Rep. Seth Berry.

 

Panel discussions took place throughout the day and were centered around ways to meet Maine's challenges.

 

"There's many opportunities for education, workforce and environment and energy to work together, to come to common understanding for the betterment of all," said Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance Executive Director Dr. Ruth Kermish-Allen.

 

Governor-Elect Janet Mills ended the forum with a closing address. Meil says she and others are excited to see what she'll do in office.

 

"Governor-Elect Mills campaigned as a climate champion and since her election has made very strong statements about her intention to prioritize clean energy policy," Meil.

 

The forum also included talks about evolving the role of electric utilities and the challenges of renewable siting.

Alex Bobbyn

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Alex Bobbyn joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 news team in July of 2018.

He is a graduate of Penn State University, where he studied broadcast journalism and economics. While at Penn State, Alex served as the general manager of the schools w...