At a press conference this afternoon, flanked by local economic bigwigs and creative economy gurus, Mayor Michael Brennan announced the roll-out of the economic development plan he touted on the campaign trail. The major initiatives are derived from the city's Economic Development Vision and Plan, which was adopted by the city council last year.
Over the past few weeks, friends have posted pictures of defaced BP signs, or empty BP lots, on Facebook. There's a pretty big Boycott BP Facebook group. There have been anti-BP rallies across the country, including here in Portland. People, understandably, want to take out their fear and anger about the oil spill on something -- especially when their attempts to help are rebuffed
Last July, I wrote about a state-government announcement that suggested Maine officials were trying to get companies to replace their inept, formulaic, and unhelpful customer call centers in India with inept, formulaic, and unhelpful call centers here in Maine.
Turns out, I learn from a post citing my 2009 note, Maine's still trying to do that.