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The Core Leadership Team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests gave an overview of its second year of operation during its Annual General Meeting held in Fort Kent in Maine. The Team, who fosters and facilitates cross-border collaboration to contribute to the region’s economic development, is proud of its achievements. The activities held across the region prove that it is possible to Succeed here, together.

Lise Ouellette, the Core Leadership Team’s Chairwoman, was especially pleased with the members’ commitment to developing the region. The Team’s annual report presents, amongst others, the benefits of the Prime Manufacturers/Suppliers Event, the International Snowmobilers’ Festival and the meeting on residual materials management. “These initial activities have established strong links. They would not have been possible without the community’s engagement and commitment,” says Ms. Ouellette.

Economic, Social and Sustainable Benefits

More than 150 private meetings between prime manufacturers and subcontractors/suppliers were held during Acadia of the Lands and Forests’ first edition of the Prime Manufacturers/Suppliers Event. 35 potential subcontractors and suppliers were present to meet the subcontracting needs of 10 prime manufacturers, estimated at $15 million annually.

The International Snowmobilers’ Festival returned at the beginning of the year, from January 20 to 22. Snowmobile enthusiasts explored more than 930 miles (1,500 km) of trails across the areas of Acadia of the Lands and Forest in New Brunswick, Québec and Maine.

Around twenty representatives of Acadia of the Lands and Forests’ towns and municipalities met on March 2, 2017, to discuss residual materials management issues.

The Team’s working groups have various projects in the pipeline. A marketing strategy to recruit families and new workers for businesses is under way, the regional intermodal ramp project is progressing and Madawaska (ME) is getting ready to host this year’s August 15 festivities.

More details about the Team’s achievements are available here: http://www.succeedhere.org/en/realisations.

The activities of the Core Leadership Team and its members are not the only partnerships to build upon the legacy of the CMA 2014. Edmundston (NB) and Dégelis (QC) will jointly organize the “Jeux de l’Acadie 50+”, which will be held in February 2018. Also involving seniors from Maine, this activity is a good example of cross-border collaboration.

A Renewed Team

As well as two new board members, Ms.  Cathy Pelletier representing New Brunswick and Mr. Daniel Deveau representing Maine, the Core Leadership Team welcomed a new coordinator. With the Team since last April, Ms. Aurélia Jourdan works closely with the Board and its committee to implement the strategic plan.

The Core Leadership Team receives financial support from several partners: CMA 2014, the governments of Canada and of New Brunswick, the municipalities members of the Northwest Regional Service Commission, the Regional County Municipality of Témiscouata, the cities of Madawaska, Fort Kent and St. Agatha, the RDÉE NB, the Témiscouata SADC, the NMDC and private businesses which kindly offered their services throughout the year.

       




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