D-F : PCEDC To Hold Economic Development ConferenceApril 13, 2008 - TRC The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC) will hold a conference entitled “New Directions for Piscataquis County,” on Friday, May 16th, from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft. The purpose of the conference will be to discuss new areas of economic development that are currently occurring in rural Maine, but that may not yet have a presence in Piscataquis County. Panels during the morning session will cover industries such as wind farm development, water bottling, wood pellets, and health care. Panels during the afternoon session will cover industries such as advanced manufacturing, hotels/conference centers/resorts, and telecommuting/telebusinesses, as well as a wrap-up panel. The concept behind the conference is to proactively educate Piscataquis county and municipal officials and decision-makers about the positive and negative aspects of these types of projects, so that they can better evaluate proposals that may be presented to them in the future. According to PCEDC President Erik Stumpfel, "we're trying to stay ahead of the curve, rather than simply reacting after the fact." Information presented at the conference will also be used in updating Piscataquis County's economic development plan later this year. This conference is being made possible through a grant from the Robert N. Haskell and Gladys M. Stetson Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, and through additional financial support from Eaton Peabody, Attorneys at Law. The Penquis Higher Education Center has generously donated use of their space to host this conference. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to attend, as space is extremely limited. Light breakfast and a lunch will be served. To make a reservation, or if you have any questions, please contact PCEDC Executive Director Thomas Kittredge at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-564-3638. For 25 years the Maine Community Foundation has been partnering with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine through grants and scholarships. For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www.mainecf.org or call toll-free 1-877-700-6800. The Penquis Higher Education Center, a distance education arm of Eastern Maine Community College and the University of Maine system, offers college level courses and workforce training locally in towns in the Penquis Region.Submitted by: Thomas Kittredge, 207-564-3638, e-mail address is email@example.comNOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.