Maine county officials convene

Posted Sept. 10, 2010, at 12:10 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The theme of this year’s Annual Convention of Maine Counties is “Partnerships for a Sustainable Maine: County Government — Problem or Solution?”

The annual meeting of the Maine County Commissioners Association begins today at the Holiday Inn by the Bay and concludes Sunday.

“This is a unique opportunity for leaders from across the state to meet and discuss how we can make Maine an even better place to live and work,” Malory Shaughnessy, Cumberland County commissioner and president of the Maine County Commissioners Association, said of the conference. “I am pleased that county government will be convening such a forum. We look forward to a healthy discussion, with a positive report for action.”

County officials, representatives from other governmental groups and members of the private sector will discuss today how they can work more closely together. Laurie LaChance, president of the Maine Development Foundation, and Nancy Smith, executive director of Growsmart, will highlight reports by their respective groups about investments and policies needed to support long-term economic growth and government reform needed to provide better public services at lower costs.

Retired U.S. Navy Adm. Gregory Johnson of Harpswell today will deliver the keynote address, “Leadership in Changing Times.” Johnson is a former commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Africa and commander in chief of the Allied NATO Forces in Southern Europe. Since retiring in 2004 after 36 years in the military, Johnson has run his own consulting firm, Snow Ridge Associates.

The organization will hold its yearly business meeting Saturday.

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