November 2014

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September, 2014

To Economic Development and Associated Professionals in Maine;

The Economic Development Council of Maine is embarking on new changes and new directions.  These changes have been the subject of a Board of Directors ½ day retreat and facilitated strategic planning program this past summer.  As a result of this hard work, the Board has identified three primary goals.

  1.  Provide high quality, relevant programs and an annual conference
  2. Redesign Certificate of Advanced Education to provide high quality education to the field.
  3. Rebrand and reposition EDCM to be a sustainable, pertinent and go-to organization for Maine Economic Development professionals.

The Board is dedicated to meeting these goals.  I am pleased to announce that we have hired Ron McKinnon as our Acting Executive Director to assist us in moving towards these goals.  Ron, as most of you might know, comes to us with years of public service and economic development experience.

EDCM has a long and valuable history of providing quality programming and networking opportunities for those engaged and interested in economic development in Maine.  We intend to continue and build upon that history.  We shall continue, as you may know, with two programs in the next three months.  I hope you will consider joining us and your colleagues at the following events:

  1. Maine’s Food Basket: Strategic Options for Growth.  September 18-19, Sugarloaf
  2. Brownfield and Small Urban Redevelopment, November 18, Rockland

Please visit for updated information on these events.

And please consider the opportunity to learn from your colleagues and others in finance and business development profession at these and future EDCM programs and events.  Look too for an updated and new Maine Economic Development Certificate Program and information about other programs and organizations offering innovative and informative programs on economic development in Maine.  The Board has and will continue to reach out to other organizations providing quality and informative programs that advance economic development in Maine.

Finally, allow me to ask for your help.  EDCM is a network of dedicated professionals who care deeply in what we do and the future of Maine and its economy.  Please join us as we work together to make a difference in the economic future for communities across the State of Maine.  Join us at an upcoming event.  Send us an email offering your suggestions and input to  Join our ranks as a member, if you are not, of our organization.

Thank you for your time.  On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, thank you for your efforts to help expand and grow Maine’s economy.



John Holden
President, Board of Directors
Economic Development Council of Maine
Community Economic Development Director
Rockland, Maine


The Economic Development Council of Maine was founded to develop a dialogue between individuals and organizations that are committed to economic development. Founded in 1956 as the Industrial Development Council of Maine, the statewide organization became incorporated and recognized as a non-profit association in 1990. A board of directors is elected annually by our members and the association is governed by adopted by-laws.

EDCM also encourages networking and advocacy between its members as we host a variety of meetings to provide opportunities to meet and interact with individuals involved in statewide economic development.

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