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Schedule for the Mayor's Visit

Saturday, June 12

  • Arrival in Portland, ME.
  • Visits to Eartha, the world's largest globe, at the headquarters of the DeLorme mapping company in and the Freeport Big Indian.
  • Potluck dinner with Kotlas Connection Executive Committee and host families.

Sunday, June 13

  • All-Day Excursion to Pemaquid and Camden, including a drive up Mt. Battie.

Monday, June 14

  • Walking tour of downtown Waterville and discussion of Waterville Main Street, a non-profit corporation that follows a comprehensive and incremental approach to downtown revitalization.
  • Visit to Waterville Foreign Trade Zone on Airport Rd. and flyover of Greater Waterville.
  • Luncheon with the Waterville Rotary Club and program presented by Kotlas Connection Co-chair Phil Gonyar and Russian guests.
  • Meeting with directors of the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments and Central Maine Growth Council. (KVCOG supports and expands the capabilities of local governments to provide economic opportunities. CMGC is a public-private partnership dedicated to collaborative economic development in Greater Waterville.)
  • Interview at the Morning Sentinel, Waterville's daily newspaper, and photo op at the "Welcome to Waterville" sign at the Waterville-Winslow bridge.

Tuesday, June 15

  • Tour of Waterville City Hall and meeting with Waterville mayor Paul LePage.
  • Reception for our guests in the REM Forum at the Center with city officials, regional governmental leaders, area politicians, business leaders.
  • Meetings with Waterville city officials on the structure of city government, the city budget, economic development, and city planning and zoning.
  • Visit to the former Hathaway Shirt Factory on Water Street to watch the filming of a scene for the forthcoming motion picture Empire Falls.
  • Tour of Waterville's recently renovated and expanded fire station.

Wednesday, June 16

  • Visit to FirstPark, a business and technology Super Park in Oakland supported by the collaboration of 24 area communities.
  • Visit to Hammond Lumber in Belgrade, including the lumber yard, pre-staining yard, saw mill, kiln, planer, drafting, and retail store and showroom.
  • Tour of Waterville-Winslow Recycling Facility, which is operated by Ken-a-Set, a nonprofit organization that provides vocation opportunities for the handicapped.
  • Tour of Head of Falls in Waterville and discussion of development plans. Visit to the historic Two Cent Bridge and dedication of the Kotlas Memorial Birches.
  • Visit to L.L. Bean's Customer Contact Center in Waterville, which takes order and customer service calls for L.L. Bean, a major outdoor clothing and sporting goods company based in Maine. The call center is an example of a service industry's replacing lost manufacturing jobs.
  • Cookout on Little North Pond in Rome, ME.

Thursday, June 17

Friday, June 18

Saturday, June 19.

  • Train trip from Portland, ME to Boston, MA. Walking tour and visit to historic sites in Boston.

Sunday, June 20

  • Shopping excursion to Freeport, ME.

Monday, June 21

  • Departure, from Portland.