Tuesday, November 15, 2022

9am - 1pm

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Welcome to SCEC's Economic Summit 2022!


Agenda for Tuedsay, November 15th, 2022


8:30-9:00 Economic Summit 2022 Opens & Registration

9:00-9:50 Plenary:

Charles Rudelitch, Executive Director - Welcome 

Keynote address By Tora Johnson,

 Chair, Div of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Science Director of GIS/ Assoc. Professor, GIS Lab & Service Center 

9:50-10:05 Networking Break #1 - 15 min

10:05-10:50 Breakout Session 1

10:50-11:05 Networking Break #2 - 15 min

11:05-11:50 Breakout Session 2

11:50-12:05 Networking Break #3 - 15 Min

12:05-1:00 Lunch & Wrap-Up Plenary

1:00  - Closing of Economic Summit 2022

Thank You For Attending!


Cobscook Institute

10 Commissary Point Rd.

Trescott, ME 04652

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Thea Lamoureux
Sunrise County Economic Council

Sunrise County Economic Council invites you

to join us for an In-Person Event: 

Building the Future We Want

Economic Summit 2022

Summit Highlights: 

2022's Keynote Address presented by Tora Johnson, PhD 

Chair, Division of Enviornmental & Biological Sciences, Science Director of GIS/ Associate Professor, GIS & Service Center

Dr. Tora Johnson is a social scientist and associate professor of geographic information
systems (GIS) at the University of Maine at Machias where she serves as the director of
the GIS Laboratory and Service Center. She holds a PhD in Natural Resource Policy
from the University of Maine. Dr. Johnson's current social and spatial science research
focuses on supporting sustainable, healthy and prosperous rural communities in a
changing world.

Centering on dignity as a guiding principle, her work utilizes best
practices for engaging diverse people in productive decision making. She has
collaborated with installation artists and sculptors on community-based and place-based
installation art projects. Also a writer, her award-winning book, Entanglements: The
Intertwined Fates of Whales and Fishermen, was released in 2005.

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Welcome by Charles Rudelitch, Executive Director of Sunrise County Economice Council.

Please use the information below to select your breakout sessions before you register.

Breakout Session 1: 

 1A. Emergency Response: Using Past Experiences to Adapt for the Future

The climate is ever changing and we recently have seen some significant impacts in Washington County. Join us to learn more about First Responder and Emergency Management response to the changing environment. Our guided Panel discussion will talk about lessons learned from lived experiences, future planning for weather related emergency events, staffing issues and how they impact response, and ways we can adapt.

 1B. Managing uncertainty - ecosystem change, shifting fisheries, and strategies for the future.

Fishermen and fisheries managers have always had to operate without knowing precisely where the fish will be, when they will be there, and how many can safely be caught.  Today feels different though.  The fisheries that sustain us today and those that sustained our communities in the past may not be the ones we can count on in the years to come. After briefly exploring coastal ocean changes that have impacted our fisheries, we explore strategies, options, and opportunities to adapt in ways that can help preserve the fishing heritage and fishing economy of Washington County.

 1C. Infrastructure and Sea Level Rise

Coastal communities are challenged by rising sea levels which inundate infrastructure such as causeways, roads,and sewage treatment facilities. Inland climate change still impacts community infrastructure, as more intense rain events overwhelm and undermine bridges and culverts. More than an occasional inconvenience, damaged infrastructure in our region has already cost human lives and threatens livelihoods.  Explore how towns in our region are proactively addressing these sea-level rise and threats to community infrastructure.

 1D. Agriculture, Forestry & Climate Adaptation 

Join us to learn more about the current and anticipated impacts of climate change on agriculture and forestry industries and native pollinators in Downeast Maine. A guided panel discussion will explore challenges faced by local employers and businesses in these sectors, how the more immediate impacts are being mitigated, and adaptations that will provide the best chance of sustainability in an ever-changing climate.

Breakout Session 2:

 2A. “Beneficial Electrification: It’s time to change how we think about energy” 

The electricity industry is changing rapidly, and improvements in technology are providing new solutions to old energy needs. Beneficial Electrification can lower our overall energy costs and shrink our carbon footprints, while making a more resilient electric grid possible in the future. Families and businesses can benefit from thinking strategically, considering all of their energy needs, uses, and impacts when making energy-related decisions.

  2B. ‘Weathering’ Hard Economic Times

Solutions are needed to more efficiently heat and cool our residential, commercial and municipal buildings. Many current systems are old, inefficient, or not designed to address both the heating and cooling needs. Join us for a discussion about thermal efficiency, the economic impact of increased costs to heat and cool an aging housing stock in  Washington County, and the opportunities and incentives for making improvements to existing systems or replacing and updating them.

 2C. Nature-Based Tourism in a Changing Climate

Three speakers will each share their field observations about how changes in the climate have affected the natural resources that their tourism and outdoor recreation businesses depend upon, from moose populations to water quality to heat indexes.  Some of these changes could bring benefits, others will surely not.  The speakers will describe how changes to the natural systems influence their businesses and visitor behavior, and how they may need to adjust to increase resiliency and longevity of their business future.

 2D. Renewable Energy In Downeast Maine 

Join us for a panel discussion on renewable energy and its role in Downeast Maine.  Hear from people in the area that have implemented renewable energy sources into their daily lives in their homes and their businesses.



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*If you are experiencing financial hardship at this time, but would still like to attend, please contact Thea Lamoureux at tlamouruex@gmail.com