Edition for Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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intend to provide you with the latest state and federal information, as well
as highlighting the creativity and innovation that is occuring here in Maine
during this unpredictable and rapidly changing time. To assist you in
navigating the uncertainties ahead, we have created a diverse and
comprehensive collection of web-based resources to help you take care of yourself and your family, your employees, your business, and your community.
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Janet Mills announced today that she is convening an Economic Recovery Committee
charged with developing recommendations to mitigate the damage to Maine's
economy caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to jumpstart a long-term
economic recovery for Maine people, businesses, and organizations. The 37-member
committee, co-chaired by Laurie Lachance,
former Maine State Economist and President of Thomas College in Waterville,
and Josh Broder, CEO
of Tilson, includes representatives of small businesses, non-profits,
financial institutions, unions, municipalities, tribal and immigrant
communities, hospitality and tourism industries, and educational institutions
as well as a bipartisan delegation of legislative designees.
Economic Recovery Committee, established by Executive Order today, will
gather input from experts and industry sector representatives on the economic
impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Maine's economy and offer specific policy
recommendations to mitigate those impacts. Those recommendations should
address essential issues such as:
Maine's key industries and small businesses;
opportunities for lower-and middle-income families;
economic opportunities for rural communities; and,
new investments and innovations in key sectors such as business,
communication, health care, recreation and education.
will convene its first meeting as soon as practicable and deliver a
preliminary report no later than July 15, 2020, and a final report by
December 1, 2020. The committee may also continue to meet after delivering
its final report if requested by the Governor. These recommendations will
serve in part as a bridge between the economic emergency caused by the pandemic
to the restart of the State's 10-year economic development strategy released
Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber, is honored to serve on Governor
Mills' Economic Recovery Committee. The
complete membership of the Economic Recovery Committee is as follows:
* Josh Broder,
* Laurie Lachance,
* Rep. Joshua Morris,
* Rep. Brian Hubbell,
* Sen. Lisa Keim, R-Oxford
* Sen. Michael Carpenter,
* Lee Umphrey, President & CEO of
Eastern Maine Development Corporation
* Betsy Biemann, CEO of Coastal
* Bill Burke, Chair of the MaineHealth
Board of Trustees and the Portland Sea Dogs
* Dana Connors, President of the Maine State
Chamber of Commerce
* Curtis Picard, President and CEO of
Retail Association of Maine
* Meredith Strang Burgess, President
and CEO of Burgess Advertising and Marketing
* Ben Waxman, Co-Founder American Roots
* Jessica Masse, Partner, Design Lab
* Steve Schley, Board Chair, FOR Maine
* Vaughan Woodruff, Owner of InSource
* Jean Ginn Marvin, Owner of Nonantum
Resort, Board Chair, Maine Community College Board of Trustees
* Kevin Raye, Realtor and Former Senate
* Deanna Sherman, President and CEO of
Dead River Company
* Wick Johnson, President of Kennebec
* Robert Dorko, Utilities &
Recovery Manager at Sappi North America
* Luke Holden, Co-Founder and CEO of
* Bob Montgomery-Rice, President and
CEO of Bangor Savings Bank
* Sam May, Maine Harvest Federal Credit
Union Board Chair
* Larry Shaw, CEO of MMG Insurance
* Tim Agnew, Masthead Venture Partners
Municipal, Immigrant and
Tribal Community Representatives:
* Tae Chong, Councilor, City of
Portland, and Social Enterprise & Workforce Development Manager for
Catholic Charities Maine
* Lincoln Jeffers, Economic Development
Director for the City of Lewiston
* Angela Okafor, Councilor, City of
* Susan Hammond, Executive Director of
Four Directions Development Corporation
* Jim Herbert, President of the
University of New England
* Rebecca Wyke, President of the
University of Maine at Augusta
* Joe Cassidy, President of Southern
Maine Community College
* James Myall, Policy Analyst for the
Maine Center for Economic Policy
* Jennifer Hutchinson, Executive
Director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits
* Susan Corbett, Founder and Director
of the National Digital Equity Center
* Matt Schlobohm, Executive Director of
the Maine AFL-CIO
Members of Maine's Congressional
Delegation are also invited to participate in an ex-officio capacity.
Thursday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m.
The Bottom Line Podcast With Special Guest, Maine
Governor Janet Mills
Maine Governor Janet Mills is this week's special guest on The Bottom Line podcast streaming online at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 7. Governor Mills will join The Bottom Line co-hosts Dana Connors of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and John Williams of Williams Broadcasting to discuss her gradual plan to Restart Maine's Economy and the ways Maine businesses can prepare to open their doors. Don't forget to listen in tomorrow!
Maine State Chamber Presents Free Wednesday Webinar Series
SERIES SPONSORS: Bangor Savings Bank, Central
Maine Power Company,
Additional webinars will be
forthcoming, and sponsorship
opportunities are available. Registration or general questions can be
directed to Angela Arno, director of programs and events for the Maine State
Chamber of Commerce, by emailing email@example.com or calling
(207) 623-4568, ext. 104.
Sponsored by PretiFlaherty
CHALLENGES FOR MANUFACTURING,
This morning's webinar focused on challenges for manufacturing due to the impacts of COVID-19 on international trade and energy. Guest speakers John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Christopher Guith, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber's Global Energy Institute; and, Anthony W. Buxton, Esq., a partner at PretiFlaherty, shared their expertise with us.
May 13 | Starting at 11:00 a.m.
RECENT STATE AND FEDERAL TAX CHANGES
This webinar will focus on federal
tax changes contained in the CARES Act and changes made at the state level
that provide support for businesses during this pandemic. Additional topics
also include a look at the ever-changing landscape at the federal level for
additional stimulus funds and what those changes might look like.
Register here | Sponsored by Pierce Atwood and WIPFLi,
Maine State Chamber Webinar Series | Recordings and Recaps
State Economist On The
Challenges Maine Faces During Coronavirus Crisis
For more than a month, Maine has confronted the
coronavirus, which is affecting all Maine people. Mainers living through this
coronavirus economic slowdown are getting a glimpse of what happened in the
Great Depression. Unemployment is soaring. Many are having trouble paying
bills. Food pantries are seeing spikes in visits. As part of Maine Public's special series, Deep Dive Coronavirus, Amanda
Rector, the Maine state economist, shared some insight into all of this with Morning
Edition host Irwin Gratz. The audio
and its transcript are available online.
CEI Teams Up With Mass.
Foundation To Provide $100K In Debt Relief For Maine Farms
Mainebiz reported today that,
thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Boston-based Henry P. Kendall Foundation,
Maine farms with loans from Coastal Enterprises Inc. will receive debt
relief covering principal and interest payments in May, June and July. The
farms in CEI's portfolio
are located in 11 of Maine's 16 counties, reflecting the diversity of the
state's agricultural industry, according to a news release. Farm businesses
have been especially hard hit by sudden loss of revenue and supply
disruptions related to the pandemic.
The pandemic has highlighted
the importance of local food producers at a time when the national food
system is under stress, with several large meat processing facilities having
experienced highly-publicized COVID outbreaks, grocery stores and other supply
chain companies changing how they operate and people modifying their
purchasing habits. It has brought to light the need for better regional food
King Outlines Need for
Substantial Aid to States and Localities in Letter to Senate Leaders
U.S. Senator Angus King is urging
top Senate leaders to include "substantial, additional aid" for states in
the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic impact, an
issue with bipartisan support nationwide but currently facing political
headwinds in the Senate. In
a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority
Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator King emphasizes the challenges facing states as
coronavirus's effects create increased demand for services as state revenues
decline - the
funding streams used to pay workers or obtain supplies - and requests the
leaders include $500 billion of federal support for states in any upcoming
relief package to ensure the continuation of vital public services.
As a former governor himself,
Senator King has been among the most vocal members of Congress advocating for
aid to state and local governments, including pushing for the inclusion of
$150 billion for state and local governments in the CARES Act. Last month he
joined a bipartisan
group of former governors calling for the federal government to provide
each state with flexibility on spending the funds where they can be most
useful. He has also urged the Administration to reverse
previously issued guidance that would prevent states from using these
federal funds to address secondary impacts , including budget shortfalls.
Earlier this week, he joined
the Maine delegation to call for financial relief for state and local
governments in future coronavirus relief packages.
Use The Maine State Chamber's Blog And Daily
Impact to Tell Your Story!
Numerous Maine companies are stepping up or pivoting
nimbly, as Maine people resourcefully address the challenges of this
pandemic. Share your perspective and experience with us and with the rest of
the business community. How are you facing and overcoming the challenges
posed by this pandemic? What are you and your employees doing in this
dramatically different economy? Tell us about the innovations your company or
employees are making or ways you have adapted your company to meet your
Each blog entry should
be 300 to 500 words. Join us in creating a written history of the business
community's resilience and innovation during this extraordinary time. Please submit your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information
or questions, please contact Mark Ellis by emailing email@example.com or by calling (207)
623-4568, ext. 109.
Check out the second post on our "Meeting the Challenge" blog!
As a nonprofit operating in central Maine, we, like many others, are consistently challenged by our environment and how we can operate and provide services. But since 1972, that's what we've been doing - providing services for older and disabled adults, including Meals on Wheels. Challenges have come and gone, some still remain, like sufficient funding for Meals on Wheels that matches the need of those in our communities. Some have been alleviated for now, thanks to funding approved by the legislature to increase reimbursement rates for direct care workers, providing in-home care and supports to homebound adults.
All of this was before COVID-19; everything
since has taught us lessons but also increased partnerships and support,
ultimately allowing us to serve more people. Prior to COVID-19 we were
serving approximately 800 people Meals on Wheels, both through our own
commercial kitchens and through our partner subcontractors. As of May 4, we
are serving 1,347 people - a 67% service increase. [Read more]
Help the Maine State
Chamber of Commerce Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week
Maine Public, the Maine
Department of Education, and Educate Maine have joined forces to create
original, educational programming for grade school students in Grades 3 to 5.
Dedicated teachers from across Maine have developed original video lessons,
pulling content from their own lesson plans and sources to provide
exceptional learning opportunities for Maine students.
The Learning Space airs every
weekday on Maine Public Television through mid-June. Completed episodes will
be available online.
To recognize the efforts and
talents of the participating teachers and educators, a stipend is being
offered for lessons that are broadcasted. At this point, this element of the
project remains unfunded. If you or business would like to sponsor a teacher
please reach out to Megan Diver
at the Maine State Chamber or Cory
Morrissey at Maine Public.
More about The Learning Space:
This series features teachers from across Maine sharing original video
lessons specifically designed for this project. With over 183,000 Maine
students currently at home and 30,000 or more students without access to
online learning opportunities due to broadband access issues, The Learning
Space is designed to help fill the void by providing exceptional educational
programming via television. Maine Public Television is available for free
over-the-air across Maine and can also be accessed via cable, the internet,
and over satellite systems.
The Learning Space is broadcast
on Maine Public Television at 12:30 p.m. each weekday starting on Monday,
April 27. As more episodes of The Learning Space are developed, the broadcast
schedule will expand to run from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Episodes of The Learning
Space will be archived for later viewing on numerous platforms online
including on mainepublic.org. The Learning Space will air through the spring
to mid-June. Go to mainepublic.org for more information on The Learning
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