SADC annual meeting

15 years ago

    HOULTON- The Elm Tree North was the site Wednesday, Dec. 16, for the Southern Aroostook Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting. Guest speaker at the breakfast meeting was Cianbro Corporation’s Chair, CEO and president, Peter G. Vigue.
     Vigue’s speech entitled, “Transforming Maine: A Blueprint to the Greenest & Healthiest State in North America”, played out to a most attentive and appreciative audience.  
    In his talk, Vigue outlined six challenges and opportunities facing Maine today. These key six points are Heating Security, Energy Security, Improved Health, Food Security, Business & Investment Attraction and lastly, Better Transportation. He spent time on each of these key points outlining the challenges that are facing Maine residents today and responding in kind with his ideas on how they each can become great opportunities for Maine to become not only an American leading state, but global as well.
    In other action, the board voted to renew expiring terms for directors and voted on a new slate of officers for 2010. Renewing for an additional three-year term were: Kristi Brannen, co-owner of Spring Break Maple & Honey in Smyrna; Peter Chase, president of Buildings Etc.; Wade Hanson, community development director for Houlton; Donald Keiser, retired community planner and grant writer; and Terry Wade, plant manager for Smith & Wesson.
    The slate of officers elected for 2010 were chairman and President, Peter Chase; Vice-President, Terry Wade; Secretary, Marguerite Lawler and Registered Agent, Chris Anderson.
    The 35 in attendance heard Chairman Chase speak about the increase in commercial and industrial building permits in the region, a good sign that the economy, while maybe not dynamic, is faring better than expected. This tied in with Executive Director Jon McLaughlin’s presentation entitled “The Misty Path: Road to Hope or Uncertainty?” in which McLaughlin outlined many of the projects in the works in the area from which it can be construed that our path in this region is one of hope.
    Chairman and President Chase awarded a Presidential Citation which is a discretionary award that can be given out by the president to someone that he feels has been very instrumental in helping grow southern Aroostook area.  This is only the third one that has been given out in ten years.  The award was given to Douglas Hazlett, Houlton Town Manager, for  “Outstanding service to the Southern Aroostook area and for his steadfast collaboration for the success of the many development projects of the Southern Aroostook Development Corporation.”  
    Also honored was Bruce Haggerty who is retiring as SADC’s Treasurer after serving for 10 years.