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Chris Hall is the CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber. He’s been working in Chambers of Commerce in Maine for over 20 years, and Notes from the Chamber will bring you his perspective and comment on what’s happening in the Portland region that’s most important to our economy today and tomorrow.

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Wednesday March 20, 2013 | 06:47 PM

Do you know about Portland ConnectED?  You should. Here's what's up.

Last month Portland Mayor Michael Brennan brought together a remarkable coalition of partners to work as a single community to make Portland schools great.  Here's who's signed up to work together:

Portland School Superintendent Manny Caulk, the John T. Gorman Foundation, and the Samuel L. Cohen Foundation from the charitable sector;  the Presidents of USM and Southern Maine Community College from higher education; the United Way, the Portland Public Library, Creative Portland, Opportunity Alliance and the Portland Regional Chamber.

It's the broadest coalition we can remember that's come together to accomplish four goals that will elevate Portland schools to the next level.  So what are the goals?

Sunday March 17, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Hello everyone. Since this is my first blog entry let me say welcome, and also say that I hope you'll be a regular reader.

These posts will be fast and frequent. We'll be visiting people, places and ideas that impact the Portland region's economic, social and cultural landscape. If you learn something new I'll be doing my job.

Tomorrow I'm headed to the State House in Augusta, a place I've been visiting since 1990. I'll be speaking to lawmakers who are trying to bring more focus and effectiveness to our workforce development efforts.

They have a tough task, but their first proposals are good, and include a plan to concentrate public and private resources on our most promising economic clusters, along with funding to bring adults back to our economy.