Maine’s $8 billion forest economy impacts every county in Maine. It’s one of the largest sectors in the state’s economy and it’s changing fast. Find out about the significant investments, modernization and turnaround of the Maine forest products industry from the people who are making it happen. The Maine Forest Products Council, the umbrella organization for the industry, invites you to attend a candidates forum and enjoy a free breakfast. It’s a great opportunity to get a head start on forest economy issues and to meet the people who work in the mills and watch over the forests in your area.
The key to our success in the 127th Legislature will be – as it is every session – investing in relationships with policymakers. As Mainers prepare to elect a governor and Legislature Nov. 4, it’s essential that we help candidates understand and support our industry. We must create positive relationships with candidates on both sides of the aisle in order to be effective in the State House.
These breakfasts are important because the people of the forest products industry are the best spokesmen for it. Win or lose, candidates will know a great deal more about our industry and what it needs to thrive. That’s a good first step that can lead to support on our issues in Augusta and throughout Maine. Even candidates who are unsuccessful this time may run again and in the meantime, they’re very likely to play important roles in their communities. That’s valuable for us, too.
So please join us for a breakfast near you. Below is the schedule so far. Some of the details are still in the planning stage and we are still looking for sponsors in some areas. Please contact Sue McCarthy, 207-622-9288, to become a sponsor or for more information:
MFPC Breakfast Schedule 2014
October 1 – Gray – Cole Farms – 7 -9 am – Sponsored by Plum Creek
October 7 -Old Town -Governors Restaurant – 7 – 9 am – Sponsored by Katahdin Forest Management
October 14 – Farmington – Homestead Restaurant – 8 -10 am – Co-sponsored by Wagner Forest Management & TRG/Stratton Lumber
October 16 – Sanford – Pleasant River Pine Mill – 7 -9 am – Co-sponsored by Pleasant River & Farm Credit East
October 23 – Fort Kent – Swamp Buck Restaurant – 7 – 9 am – Co -Sponsored by Key Bank of ME & J.D. Irving