The arrival of train service does more than just offer commuters and travelers alternatives to cars. The presence of passenger rail boosts economic activity in and around stations because trains find their way right in to existing neighborhoods and downtowns.
Join MEREDA for breakfast on March 12th from 7:30 - 9:00 AM at the Clarion Hotel in Portland, to learn how the Amtrak Downeaster has flourished and how it has impacted local economies and what the future may hold for Maine communities on or near passenger rail lines.
Meet the Panelists:
Patricia Quinn is a native of Norwich, Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Eastern Connecticut State University. Patricia moved to Maine in 1987 and worked as a group tour planner prior to a successful career as a hotel general manager in Bangor and then Portland. She joined the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority in October 2000 to promote the inauguration of the Amtrak Downeaster and was officially appointed Executive Director of NNEPRA in September 2005. Since that time, Downeaster ridership has more than doubled, travel time has been reduced and service has been expanded to Freeport and Brunswick while maintaining one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the country.
Patricia received the Amtrak President’s Service and Safety Award for State Partners in 2007, was recognized as one of “Maine’s Most Intriguing People” by Portland Magazine in 2009 and a “Woman to Watch” by Maine Biz in August 2011.
A Maine Realtor© since 1982 and licensed in New Hampshire in 2001, Tony Donovan holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a certificate of Urban Planning from the University of Southern Maine, and is a Certified Economic Developer by the National Economic Development Institute.
Tony has served as Business Development Director for the City of Portland Department of Economic Development and regional planner in Lincoln County Maine. Currently he is working on site location of development projects at railroad sites in Maine and New Hampshire and providing lobbying services to railroad advocates and realtor and
consulting services for Transit Oriented Development projects.
Tony serves on the Board of directors of the MCAR and NH CIBOR and previously served on the Board of the Casco Bay Island Transit District. Tony continues to operate a business near the ferry landing on Long Island Maine. Tony and his family reside in Portland.