U-Haul Cites Maine as Top 2005 Growth StateOctober 04, 2006 - TRCAUGUSTA – Governor John Baldacci today said that U-Haul, the do-it-yourself moving company, named Maine the 2005 top growth state in the country in the category of 5,000 to 20,000 families moving. These results marked the 4th year in a row that Maine achieved such distinction of in-migration. In 2005, Maine had a growth rate in U-Haul moves into the state of 14.64%, surpassing the next-highest state by more than six percentage points.“This data released earlier by U-Haul confirms that Maine is a place where people want to be and to move to,” said Governor Baldacci. “Maine’s natural resources, industrious and friendly communities, and positive economic and jobs potential is attracting more people to our state. Maine’s reputation is growing nationwide, as this data shows.”Between 2000 and 2005, Maine reversed the trend of out-migration experienced in the 1990’s, making us one of only four states to reverse a loss of residents. U-Haul reported in a release earlier this year that their data reflects nationwide trends. The company determined growth by comparing the percentage of inbound to outbound moves across the country. The information used for the study was compiled over the calendar year 2005.The Governor thanked U-Haul for being a good corporate citizen. This past Monday, Governor Baldacci celebrated the unveiling of the Ice Age Trail Map at the University of Maine. At that event, U-Haul exhibited for the first time a truck with the graphic of Maine’s Ice Age Trail. “We appreciate U-Haul showcasing this unique history of Maine landscape,” said Governor Baldacci. “The truck graphics will bring much attention to Maine and this important project.”NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.