SEARSMONT – Governor Janet Mills and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson unveiled Maine’s 10-year strategic economic development plan Wednesday.
“As we approach our bicentennial it’s time to build on the foundation of our past 200 years to create a forward looking economy for the next 200 years,” Governor Janet Mills said.
“It’s been a lot of great work and really good collaboration across the state and now we’re on to what might even be the more critical part which is implementation. It’s time to put this information to work,” Commissioner Heather Johnson said.
Business leaders, entrepreneurs and education and non-profit officials joined them to explain the plan’s ideas to grow and diversify Maine’s economy.
“The plan establishes three overarching goals for the next 10 years,” Governor Mills said.
“One, we will grow Maine’s average annual wage, what Maine people make in other words, by 10 percent. Two, we will increase the value of products we sell by 10 percent. Three, we’ll attract 75,000 people to Maine’s talent pool in many many ways,” she said.
Governor Mills said to achieve these goals there are seven key strategies.
Johnson said the plan looks at Maine as a whole offering different options for communities to use to meet their personal goals. One of those communities being colleges and universities.
“The prospects of this plan provides for the future of Maine, for the future of our young people, for the future of the universities systems and for our educational system. It outlines a great road map for us moving forward,” said the President of University of Maine Joan Ferrini-Mundy.
According to Governor Mills, she wants people to come to the state of Maine, see what it has to offer and stay here.
“We offer friendly, livable communities in the safest state in the country. So yeah, we have challenges but we have a lot going for us too,” Governor Mills said. “With this plan it is my goal that the state of Maine will be known as a place of innovation and excellence.”