The purpose of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee, in part, is to educate its members as to pending ballot issues and legislation relevant to the business community. In many cases the Public Policy Committee will release a Position Statement for publication and distribution through the Mid-Maine Chamber’s Board of Directors.
2018 Public Policy Program of Work
To identify, develop, communicate, educate and/or advocate positions on issues of importance to the membership of our chamber.
• Support our downtowns in their efforts to revitalize as it pertains to advocacy.
• Expand volunteer base on committee.
• Develop and publish position statements when deemed appropriate.
• Communicate positions to membership and general public through whatever vehicle is deemed appropriate.
• Include standard box in InTouch during the legislative session that has a link to the LD Web site: www.maine.gov/legis/lio/publications.htm
• Participate with city of Waterville’s LaFleur airport committee. Encourage strategic plan development and marketing.
• Partner with other organizations as opportunities arise to educate our membership on issues that may affect their business.
• Continue and host “Meet the Reps”. Secure sponsor.
• Review and update White Papers.
• Coordinate a “political” breakfast in Oct. with Thomas College. Work with BBS committee. Secure additional sponsors if necessary.
• Actively advocate for the extension of passenger rail to Bangor.
• Promote Candidates’ Forums with local colleges and/or other partners.
Chair: Dan Bernier
Secretary: Joy McKenna
Board Members: Bruce Harrington, Joy McKenna, Garvan Donegan, Charlie Gaunce, and Dr. Rick Hopper
Members: Lauren LePage, Lisa Harvey-McPherson, Elery Keene, John Picchiotti, Mike Heavener, Ken Fletcher, Dr. Jim Libby, Katie Jose, Brad Fisher
Staff: Kim Lindlof
Date and Time: 2nd Friday of the month except June-September. Additional meetings TBD.