Vol. 4, Issue 145                                                       Nov. 4, 2016
News and notes from The Partnership and NMDC
Aroostook Partnership annual meeting set for Wednesday, November 16
    PRESQUE ISLE — A keynote address by the CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, and a review of economic development in Aroostook County are on tap for the Aroostook Partnership annual meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Edmunds Conference Center at Northern Maine Community College.        
    “It is important to have an annual meeting to reinforce to all the Partnership investors the focus and priorities we share under the Mobilize Northern Maine economic strategy,” said AP President Bob Dorsey. “The main points I want to hit is that our challenges are not going away, in fact they are building. But I also want to focus on some of the successes of the past year. The continued growth and influence of the Forest Products Industry Cluster will be touched on and efforts to connect educators with business leaders to discuss opportunities in the region for students who possess the right skills.”
    The featured speaker of the event is Yellow Light Breen, CEO of the Maine Development Foundation (MDF).
    Breen became CEO in August 2015, where he develops strategic direction, integration, and partnerships across MDF’s mission and programs. He is a sought-after public speaker with a diverse background in business, public policy, and law. He spent twelve years as an executive with Bangor Savings Bank, overseeing strategic planning, marketing, online banking, community development, and charitable activities. Prior, he was a senior official at the Maine Department of Education and an adviser to Independent Governor Angus King.
    Breen was born and raised in rural, central Maine, a product of Maine public schools, and earned undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University.
    MDF is assisting with an integrated, multi-agency Economic Development Assessment Team, known as an EDAT, established by the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist Maine’s forest products industry in the wake of several mill closures. The MDF is working with local community and business leaders to facilitate a series of meetings to address the economic development challenges facing the state’s forest-based economy.
    Breen will touch on that work and discuss some of the more positive things happening around the state.
    The breakfast is free, but pre-registration is required. To register contact Judy Dinsmore at Northern Maine Development Commission, jdinsmore@nmdc.org or by phone at 493-5752.
Teacher/Business social draws big crowd in Houlton
  Teachers and business people gathered in Houlton Oct. 19 to discuss the Aroostook County economy and job prospects in the region. A similar function was held in Madawaska in September. Partnership President and CEO Bob Dorsey opened up the gathering by discussing job trends in Aroostook.
    HOULTON — More than 25 educators and 10 business leaders in Southern Aroostook joined officials with the Aroostook Partnership for the third teacher/business social sponsored by the economic development organization.
   Aroostook Partnership President and CEO Bob Dorsey said the idea for the socials came from the “Education to Industry” working group as they look for ways to increase County career awareness.
    “This effort is a continuation of a broader campaign to increase County business and employment awareness to ultimately increase retention efforts to secure our future workforce,” explained Dorsey.
    The informal gathering at the Lounge Downunder in Houlton Wednesday, Oct. 19 brought together teachers and administrators from SAD 29, SAD 70, RSU 50 and Region 2 to mingle with business officials from the insurance industry, manufacturing, media, banking and others.
      A fourth teacher/business social is being planned for Presque Isle, Mapleton and Washburn for early next Spring.
Investor News
Cary Medical Center earns "A" safety grade from Leapfrog
   CARIBOU -- Cary Medical Center Has Earned Straight “A’s” for Patient Safety.
    New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Cary Medical Center once again earned an “A,” accomplishing the difficult task of being awarded Straight “A’s” since the inception of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade in 2012. Cary is one of 72 hospitals out of over 2,600 across the country to attain this honor.
Kris Doody, RN and CEO at Cary said that earning straight "A"s is a remarkable demonstration of the consistency of the hospital's patient safety and quality effort.
    "To be among only 72 hospitals nationwide to score straight ‘A’s since the Leapfrog Group began providing letter grades to hospitals based on patient safety practices demonstrates that patient safety, and high quality clinical standards have become a way of life here at our hospital," said Doody. "It is a tribute to our entire Cary family."
    Cary Medical Center is a major investor in the Aroostook Partnership.

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