Eliot Cutler on Local Issues
Promote year-round destination tourism & cultural tourism
No industry is more important to Maine's future than tourism. It is our biggest indusĒtry at roughly $7.5 billion annually. Lasting and meaningful growth in the Maine economy--more jobs and higher inĒcomes--will be hard to come by in the absence of real
growth in Maine's number one industry. On the other hand, dramatic increases in year-round, destination and cultural tourism would fuel not only annual increases in the volume of tourists but also increases in the amounts of spending per tourist visit.
With increases in tourist spending will come better-paying jobs.
Unlike many of Maine's traditional industries, tourism is helped, not threatened, by new technology, and lower labor costs abroad have no impact whatsoever on its viability. The same
demographics that plague us in other ways--as the oldest and fastest aging population in America--work to our advantage in tourism, as older and more affluent people across America and around the world want to travel and visit places like Maine.
Source: A State of Opportunity, by Eliot Cutler, p. 77-78
, Dec 31, 2013
Prepare Eastport for opportunity of Northern Passage
As usual, Governor LePage and Mike Michaud are each half-right and half-wrong--this time on the subject of climate change. Governor LePage still refuses to acknowledge that climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our time, that human
activity is the cause of it and that we need to take more aggressive action to reduce carbon emissions, not only in Maine but also in neighboring states. Mike Michaud ought to acknowledge, as I have, that it's too late to change the fact that Eastport
will soon become the closest US port to both Europe and China. Port Authority Executive Director Chris Gardner and Capt. Bob Peacock and others deserve credit for getting Eastport ready to take advantage of the opportunity that the
Northern Passage presents. As governor, I will mount a concerted effort to reduce carbon emissions and just as concerted an effort to take advantage of Maine's opportunity to create more jobs.
Source: Press release on 2014 gubernatorial campaign website
, Dec 5, 2013
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