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CanAM: Marrying Transportation and the Economy

November 05, 2009 - 7:30AM
to 9:00AM

Hilton Garden Inn, Riverwatch
14 Great Falls Plaza
Auburn, ME

About the Event:

Online registration for this event is now closed. Please contact MEREDA at 874-0801 for more details.

Maine is often thought of as being geographically isolated from the rest of the nation. However, what if Maine was considered part of a larger area extending into Canada? The region spanning the states of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, and encompassing the neighboring provinces of Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador make up the Northeast Border Corridor, or CanAm region. Representatives from these regions, together with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies, collaborated on an important study called “Northeast CanAm Connections: Integrating the Economy and Transportation.”

The study concludes that the region’s transportation networks have not kept up with shifts in international trade patterns that have emerged in the last few decades. Soon, the stakes will be even higher as the economic future of this region will depend on having the infrastructure and economic resources to compete globally. Join us on November 5th to hear why better east–west transportation links across the border and among the states and provinces can play a vital role in bolstering Maine’s economic growth.

Join us on Thursday, November 5, 2009 from 7:30 - 9:00 AM at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, ME as our panelist, Commissioner David Cole of the Maine Department of Transportation discusses how the “CanAm” transportation study affects you directly and indirectly as economic development and real estate professionals.

Meet Our Panelist:

Governor John E. Baldacci named David Cole Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation in February of 2003. Mr. Cole was confirmed by the Maine Senate and assumed office in March of 2003. As Commissioner of MaineDOT, he oversees a department of 2400 employees and a biennial budget of over $1 billion. MaineDOT is responsible for planning, building and maintaining Maine's transportation system, including highways, bridges, mass transit, railroads, ferries, and bicycle and pedestrian trails.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Mr. Cole served eight years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Maine Development Corporation, a non profit economic development organization headquartered in Bangor, Maine. There, Commissioner Cole oversaw a wide range of programs and initiatives focusing on entrepreneurial development, regional economic development, and advocacy at the local, state and national levels.

Commissioner Cole serves as Chair of the Maine Port Authority; is a member of and a past president of, the Economic Development Council of Maine; serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO); and is Chairman of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Intermodal Freight Transportation and Economic Development; and serves as Chair of the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials. (NASTO)

Commissioner Cole is a native of Lincoln, Maine and a graduate of the University of Maine with B.S. and Master of Public Administration degrees. He lives in Brewer, Maine with his wife Karen and twin sons, Alexander and Jonathan.

News About This Event:

10/05/2009   MEREDA Hosts Lewiston Auburn Breakfast Seminar, “CanAM: Marrying Transportation And The Economy”   Release
Materials Related To This Event:

Mailer - CanAM: Marrying Transportation and the Economy   Mailer
Northeast CanAm Connections   Presentation
Commissioner David Cole, Maine DOT    


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