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Forum on the Future: Envisioning Maine’s Future Economy

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The UMA College of Arts and Sciences and the UMA Senior College (UMASC) will be presenting their next forum on the future at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Jewett Auditorium.

We hear a lot these days about the loss of former employers and jobs in our state and in our country…a major concern. While many look at this as a decline in our prospects, others are proposing and implementing a new prosperity as does one of our speakers, Alan Caron, author of Maine’s Next Economy: How the State’s Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Doers are Growing a New Prosperity.

A weekly columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram and the Central Maine newspapers, he will address the transition of Maine’s natural resource economy towards a more innovative and entrepreneurial future. He has worked on a wide-ranging variety of issues such as protecting jobs we have, and helping grow new ones. He others include improving education and transportation, expanding renewable energy and high speed internet statewide. A lifelong resident of Maine, he holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Our second speaker is also a Maine native and graduate of the University of Maine who has been an active member of the outdoor sports scene all of his life. Author of Maine Sporting Camps, and A Life Lived Outdoors, he has been active in community and state affairs, and several outdoor related campaigns and referendums. Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine for 18 years, he now writes full-time: an award winning outdoor news blog on his website and that of the Bangor Daily News, and a weekly column for the Central Maine newspapers. He and his wife travel throughout Maine inns and restaurants and discuss their adventures in The Traveling Mainers, a column also for the Central Maine Newspapers. He will discuss the decline of Maine woods for hunting and fishing, and how sporting camps are meeting the challenge in a variety of new services for recreation and vacationing.

The program will be moderated by Marilyn Canavan, UMASC, and a former Maine legislator. All forums are free and open to the public.

UMASC is open to all aged 50 or older, their spouses and partners. To learn more about this program or other activities, call 621-3551, e.mail us at umasc@maine.edu, or check out our web page at www.umasc.org.