Forum on economy, jobs set for Jan. 5

15 years ago

    BANGOR – USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel announced a community forum on jobs and economic growth, for Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Presque Isle at the Northern Maine Community College.
    The forum, sponsored by USDA Rural Development and USDA Farm Service Agency, will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Edmunds Conference Center, 33 Edgemont Drive, in Presque Isle.  Madawaska High School, in Madawaska, and Houlton Higher Education Center, in Houlton, will also broadcast the forum via video conference.
    Manuel said the public is invited to attend the forum and to listen to the discussion. This follows the forum on jobs and economic growth that President Barack Obama hosted at the White House on Dec. 3.
    Manuel will make remarks in addition to Rural Farm Service Agency Executive Director Donovan Todd III and NMCC President Tim Crowley. Guest speakers include Maine Public Service Company President and CEO Brent Boyles, of Presque Isle; Northern Maine Development Commission Executive Director Robert Clark, of Caribou; and Aurora Mills owner Matthew Williams, of Linneus.
    Manuel said, “This forum will provide an opportunity for residents, business owners and community leaders from Aroostook County to share ideas on creating jobs and economic opportunities. Government can help lay the groundwork for economic growth, but the best ideas for continued growth and job creation often come from local business and community leaders.  That is true in Aroostook County, and we look forward to hearing ideas from area leaders and sharing them directly with the Administration.”
    The roundtable will include business owners, residents, economic development  officials, elected officials, non-profit organizations, community leaders, and other interested parties. Participants will discuss steps that can to be taken to grow the economy and put Maine people back to work.
    In Fiscal Year 2009 USDA Rural Development invested over $420 million in the state of Maine. Information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s Web site at