Mark Ouellette - Mobilize Maine

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Mark Ouellette - Mobilize Maine

  1. 1. Mobilize Maine:GrowSmart Summit October 23, 2012 7:30am – 5:00pm Augusta Civic Center —1— ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  2. 2. Who said this about Maine? “An inconsistent economic development stance over many years has weakened the state’s efforts to improve its economy” —2— ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  3. 3. Sense of Urgency- Why is this important? • The economic development delivery system was not working and not producing the results that were needed to move the economy forward • If the Maine economy had performed at the national average over the past 20 years, this state would have 200,000 more jobs right now • We are the oldest state in the nation, AND more importantly, we are getting older • Where is the future workforce going to come from? • There is a skills gap problem- jobs available do not match the skills of people looking for work • Percentage of New England population age 25 and older who hold an Associates, Bachelor‟s or advanced degree 43.4%- Maine?- 35.7% —3— ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  4. 4. What is Mobilize Maine? • A new economic development strategy • Driven by local leadership in partnership with the economic development districts • Goal of creating good paying jobs • Measurable • Assets vs. Needs approach Mobilize Maine:  Defines regional uniqueness, one size does not fit all  Is a consistent CED approach, across all regions of the state  Is Grassroots based, a bottom up approach  Invites strong private sector participation  Is results oriented, action driven —4— ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  5. 5. Economic Development Districts Mobilize Maine Empowering Maine’s citizens to take control and stewardship of their economic future Key: NMDC - Northern Maine Development Commission EMDC – Eastern Maine Development Corporation KVCOG – Kennebec Valley Council of Governments AVCOG – Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments MCEDD – Mid-Coast Economic Development District SMRPC – Southern Maine Economic Development District GPCOG- Portland-Lakes Economic Development District —5— ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  6. 6. What are we trying to accomplish? “If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it" ViTAL Economy Maine‟s Regional Issues of ViTAL EconomyMeasures In Focus, Challenge and Core Economic Innovation Index Opportunity Indicators Per Capita Income TBD by regional leaders Population Maine GDP Growth Labor Participation Rate Internet Subscriptions Average Wage Linkage Bachelors Degrees/ 25 years & older 2017 Regional Economic Vision 2017 Maine Statewide Economic Vision —6— ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  7. 7. Northern Maine Development Commission • Engaged over 65 firms and 100s of citizens in their Mobilize Maine process • Received a $1.9 million federal grant (one of 20 nationwide) to support their renewable energy strategy • They have identified a manufacturing cluster and are beginning to put a strategy together around that sector • They are nationally recognized for their partnership with the private sector, the Aroostook Partnership for Progress —7— ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  8. 8. Eastern Maine Development Corporation • Organized over a dozen regional organizations who have all adopted the Mobilize Maine goals • They are a first in the nation model for integrating economic and workforce development, one of only a handful of districts • Were leaders and supported the $65 million Bangor Auditorium project – Ultimately will create 600-800 jobs – Reinforced one of their MM action groups, Gateway to Northern Maine • Brought educators together to create better synergy and advance sector strategies as the jobs of the future for young people —8— ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  9. 9. Greater Portland Council of Governments • They are still working through identifying their unique assets – Sappi? Who knew? • Committed to putting people together to achieve results • Something unique, working on regulatory reform – Planning board training —9— ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  10. 10. Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission • Assembled an outstanding Leadership team with major players in the region coming together – PNSY – Hospitals – UNE • Created a Workforce Action team to help manufactures fill jobs available right now – 10 week training program to create „qualified applicants” • Working on a plan to infuse $10 million in new capital in the region — 10 — ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  11. 11. We need your help! Get involved! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead Energize the Mobilize Southern Maine initiative — 11 — ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.
  12. 12. Any Questions: Mobilize MaineMark Ouellette – mark@mobilizemaine.org — 12 — ©2011 ViTAL Economy, Inc.

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