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  • I always enjoy a good Aube article. Next week’s story will be about the dynamic culture change in Bangor thanks to that new Japanese Restaurant near the mall….Keep tooting that horn, Mike.

    • Anonymous

      Josh- To be an entertainment center, you have to have a variety of choices. I am sure you are confusing us with Derry, Maine. When people come to a destination, they like choices. Hang in there…

  • Guest

    These people you so proudly speak of are doing this with taxpayers money.. I guess they decide where taxpayers money is spent….
    People are waking up at the high cost of everything and the old way of doing business is almost over. Elections will speak for themselves

    • Bob

      And all this spending has nothing to do with education.

    • Anonymous

      Taxpayers money?? Not sure what you mean…

  • Your assumption is invalid.   Gigabit Main Street is privately financed.   I said in my speech that the government could not fund the build out of the next generation of networks; industry has to lead.   I would be happy to send you a copy if you send me your email address.   My email address is fkittred@gwi.net.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, Mike, have you lost any weight lately?  Your car still leans to one side when you are in it!  Seriously, Mike, your program has been homogenized over and over again wrought from past attempts to increase Bangor’s position and the areas economic zone.  Has employment or the population increased in Bangor significantly, say, from 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 years ago?  Let’s see the data. As one poster below alluded to, cultural and ethnic restaurants are not bringing economy to Bangor – it is manufacturing and trades which are keystones, Mike.  The only proactive company around Bangor as reported in the BDN seems to be CianBro.  The reason is because they saw that diversification (like banks and holding corporations have been successful) and investments will work to advantages.  Who in the Bangor area has quite this type of foresight?  You have to be kidding someone as the FCC and those corporations who are buying-into and organizing their own bandwidth corporations are being leglly and financially squeezed out of business by the major corporations such as AT&T; but soon the available bands will have to revert through broadband which interferes with GPS technology in planes and vehicles.  Even that said, the available bands are expensive and competition is extremely fierce. There are drawdowns, Mike, and nothing is successful as yet.  And yes, I have to give credible advantage to the UM system (in Orono) for its masterful technological speed, however, as in the past, watch carefully if the UMO professors don’t get wrapped up in scams like copying modularized electronic systems for public operations for stores and hotels again.  Lawsuits can be harmful. To end this diatribe, just look at the history of Bangor and see if adding what you said will truly economize Bangor with such power, it will add multi millions a year to the economy and entice thousands to come to Bangor to live. 

    • Anonymous

      With respect to your comments, I think you are a little confused. You have to build and create a destination first, before you attract good companies. Bangor has made several successful stages towards this goal. Business is attracted to one who is attractive. Read the title again “It’s coming together for the Bangor Region” Please pay attention to what is going on, little by little (and big by big). I’m not sure if any other city or town in Maine is changing as fast as Bangor is, but please let me know eh? If you think we are making the wrong choices, please explain also how we correct this awful mess (giggle). I remember in the past when people would say Bangor is behind the south. Doesn’t it seem the last few years the south has been trying to catch up? The negs moved out… We are going to become what you think we can’t be. Sorry. :(

    • Anonymous

      Your comments began with such distaste and disrepect that I had a hard time giving the rest of your comments any validity. Have you ever heard of attacting the message rather than attacting the messenger?  Bangor, like every other city within the United States is not perfect. But there are a lot of great people who are trying to make things happen here in order to make our community a great place to work and live. I agree with your comments that service industry jobs are not where we are going to grow our survivibility from. The industry certainly has its level of importance to the region but in order to provide liveable wage jobs to the people of Bangor, there needs to be an effort to attract investment that will enhance the gross domestic product from the State of Maine. We have historically identified that with our natural resources and they most certainly play an important part. But what I am hearing Mike say is that we can also provide a liveable wage by developing the infrastrucure that will allow folks in the region to communicate with the world and thereby bring their individual talents to their customers while living where they want to raise their families; here in Bangor. Might I suggest that if you really want people to listen to your opinions and points, leave out the personal attacts and concentrate on the issues.       

    • Anonymous

      A cheapshot at Mr. Aube like that adds NOTHING to your post.

    • Anonymous

      Okay people, I admit there were some negativism in the comment, but I know Mike on a long-time and personal basis; although to say here, he does not know me except for a NYC connection.  The comment I made on Bangor was also from perspective (outside-looking-in).  Bangor USED to be a great place to live and work, but in todays atmosphere there, I would not live there.  New York City has its major problems but isn’t this the way the “Top-Down” effect of management has permeated the country for so many years in the USA?  Republicans, Independents and Democrats are all to blame, and in this, what can Aube do to correct these errors in the economical development of a far-flung far-away place as Bangor, Maine is?  If crime was reduced and a very proactive tax-conscious atmosphere could be generated in Bangor, it would be nice to see some corporations enter the city to manufacture items that are needed now and for future use and consumables which could well take the high costof transportation off the price of the goods.  I have to go, but I appreciate the comments below.  Really I do!

  • Anonymous

    Well said, Michael W. Aube. It is coming together in the Bangor Region, and it is because of positive people and great support. The negs have moved out…

    • Anonymous

      I agree, very nicely written and stated Mr. Aube.  As hard as we try Terence, the negs will never entirely leave.  I do believe though as the new arena comes to fruition, some of them may start to turn.  I hope.

  • Anonymous

    And all of this is taking place since the layoffs in Aube’s office?  Whenever I see the word “Forward” now, it has a suspicious connotation, since that is now Obama’s new slogan–

  • Anonymous

    great visionary, not-so-great leader…

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