Presented by David Vail, Professor of Economics at Bowdoin College
Tourism has long been a hallmark of Maine's Economy, but as people begin to think more and more about sustainability and being 'green', Ecotourism has become a new buzzword. David will be with us to discuss progress being made currently to develop Ecotourism for the State of Maine. He is heading up a task force related to that and will speak to us about how it's going and what the end result could look like. Take a minute to look at the attached doccuments to see what David is working towards. Maine's economy can see some significant benefit from this effort.
Join us for what will be a very interactive session where David uses the audience as a Focus Group to educate us while he learns from us as well.
Maine Woods Quality Label Focus Group Question Outline - Final.doc
MECEP_Choices - September_2009_v3.pdf
Quality Label Focus Group Overview - Jan 11 FINAL.doc
Three successful labels - alaska, australia, sweden.doc
David Vail, Adams-Catlin Professor of Economics, was trained in international affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and received a PhD in economics from Yale. In the 1970s, he split his time between Bowdoin and several east African countries, where he was a rural development advisor specializing in agriculture and appropriate technology. More recently, his research and advising have focused on sustainable rural development and the role of natural resource industries – agriculture, forestry and tourism – in New England and Sweden.
In Maine, David is co-director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy project, Spreading Prosperity to All of Maine. In recent years, he has served on three Maine boards of diectors (Coastal Enterprises, Inc., The Chewonki Foundation, and Maine Huts and Trails). His current pro bono advising includes the four Maine tribes' Wabanaki Cultural Tourism Initiative, the Maine Woods Consortium, and the New England Society for Arboriculture.
The A.C.E. regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.
Registrations are required by Febuary 15, 2011. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date.
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c/o Kerry Porter
P O Box 404
Gorham, ME 04038
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Members: the $17 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $22.