February 17, 2013

Maine Voices: Maine must identify, build on strengths

Instead of fighting the dead-last Forbes ranking, let's analyze what we have going for us and how it fits in with global trends.

By NATE BOWDITCH

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A visitor from Florida takes a picture of Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth. Natural beauty is part of what the state stands for, a reader says.

2010 File Photo/Gregory Rec

This is the kind of analysis we must be doing as a state as the recession wanes and a new period of slow and steady growth occurs. A closer look would lead us to some immediate steps that are not at all being talked about in the media or by our government and elected leaders -- and perhaps not by our business community.

It's time to stop finger-pointing and fighting with Forbes and start embracing and proclaiming who and what we are and what we stand for. We are a large and spectacularly beautiful state -- a destination state. Some of our communities are national leaders for livability. A few of our companies are known worldwide. We are honest, hardworking, family-oriented.

If we're the oldest state, we should also be the wisest. If we want to embrace the future and truly change some things in Maine, we need good data, good research and a new Maine business plan. We need to benchmark ourselves against other similar regions in the U.S. and across the world -- regions that have embraced their reality and seized the future. The Red Sox managed to do that a decade ago. It's past time for Maine to do it.

Nate Bowditch of Westport Island is a former state commissioner of economic and community development, president of the Maine Development Foundation, and Lewiston planning and development director.

 – Special to the Telegram

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