President’s Memo

Dear MITC Members and Friends,

One of the lessons of the global pandemic is that the COVID-19 virus does not recognize the borders mankind has drawn between states and countries on the map. We are all in this together, and our best chance for a post-COVID economic recovery will come from cooperation.

In this issue, we focus on another global crisis without borders – climate change – and highlight Maine’s important role.  I want to personally thank Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, and Deborah Bronk, President/CEO and Senior Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, for their time. I think you will find their expertise and insights valuable. We also take a retrospective look at Maine’s growing role in the Arctic. You’ll find a link to Governor Mills’ powerful (and still highly relevant) speech on climate change delivered at the 2019 Arctic Circle Assembly.

As we navigate these dual global challenges, I’m reminded that we are facing the same issues.  We have more in common than divides us.  Maine’s international business community and our network around the world can play a key role in fostering collaborations that lead to solutions.

All the best,