Planning for Prosperity: Next Step Symposium

Held October 18, 2003 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM


We hope you were able to join us on October 18th to discuss the future of Hancock County. The focus was on the issues of housing, land use, economic development, transportation and health. The Hancock County Planning Commission, the Maine Rural Development Council, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Coastal Acadia Development Corporation, various state agencies and a group of area citizens worked many months to create this event. We aimed to accomplish the following:

  1. Bring people together to talk about how key housing, land use, economic development, transportation and health issues are affecting Hancock County both today and in the future;
  2. Find common ground among diverse perspectives;
  3. Define goals and priorities for addressing these key issues and promoting a sound future for the county; and
  4. Find ways to carry out these goals.

We need the input of as many municipal officials, county residents and county-based organizations as possible if we are to be successful.

Conference Proceedings

Opening Presentation - Challenges for the Future (Jim Fisher, Hancock County Planning Commission)

Hancock County Success Stories

  • Hancock County Economic Development (Chuck Davis, Coastal Acadia Development Corporation)
  • Hancock County Coalition for Community Health (Helena Peterson, Coastal Hancock Healthy Communities)
  • Housing in Hancock County (Tom Martin, Hancock County Planning Commission)
  • Union River Watershed Coalition (Janet Redman)
  • The Schoodic National Scenic Byway (Peter Drinkwater)

Break-out Groups

  • Economy
  • Environment and Land Use
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Transportation


  • Senator Dennis Damon
  • Former Senator Jill Goldthwait
  • Senator Phil Rosen

Moving Forward - Ron Beard

Summary of Conference Goals and Objectives - Patricia Kontur

For further information on the event , please contact Susan Leavitt at the Hancock County Planning Commission

phone: 207-667-7131
fax: 207-667-2099
email: hcpc@hcpcme.org