Rally for the Maine Mountain Heritage AreaApril 14, 2006 - TRCRally for the Maine Mountain Heritage AreaFriday, May 19th9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.University of Maine at FarmingtonThe Maine Mountain Heritage Network invites you to participate in the first Rally for the Maine Mountain Heritage Area (Oxford, Franklin, Somerset, and Piscataquis Counties).Progress Report on Pilot Projects (already in action!) and Plan Next StepsKnowledge Power: Create an integrated information system to serve visitors and residents of the mountain region. Woods and Waters: Coordinate land conservation and recreation development to support a robust system of recreation opportunities. Village Works: Stimulate revitalization of service center communities to enhance quality of life in the region. Mountain Made: Supporting production clusters and marketing "signature" products to increase sales inside and outside the region.National Designation - or is there a better way ?National designation of our heritage are could result in $1 million dollars per year for ten years in federal funding to support the efforts listed above and bring significant branding power. Some argue that we should find alternative funding sources and other ways to support strengthening of regional identity. (Panel discussion and small group discussions)Who should participate ? All are invited. Town managers, landowners, chamber execs, small and large business operators, recreation enthusiasts, teachers, legislators, artists and artisans, economic development specialists, land conservation groups, representatives of cultural organizations, state agency reps.The Maine Mountain Heritage Network is organized to bring new revenues into the mountain region through creative and sustainable use of our region's natural, cultural, and historical resources. To organize and promote its initiatives, the Network has adopted the heritage area model which has been used successfully in other parts of the country. To learn more about the Network, please go to www.mainemountains.org. To learn more about nationally designated heritage areas, go to www.cr.nps.gov/heritageareas.A registration form for the Rally is available online at www.mainemountains.org. All registrations must be received by May 1st in order to reserve a seat and a lunch. For additional information about the Rally for the Maine Mountain Heritage Area, please contact Shaunacy Cobb by calling (207)778-3885 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.