I believe the next generation of Mainers, those just entering or not too far out of college or the working world, can transform our state over the next 10 years into a vibrant, growing, entrepreneurial place while maintaining our incredible quality of life. Our state needs reform, new thinking, new businesses, and new energy – and I have seen an awful lot of all of those things when meeting with young Mainers across the state. How do we keep our young people here in Maine – and attract young people to help grow our economy? Here are a few things I believe we need to focus on:

  • Creating good jobs. A lot of good jobs.
  • Making college affordable and finding innovative ways to help with college debt.
  • Increasing access to and affordability of skills, training, and apprenticeship programs linked to quality job opportunities.
  • Making Maine synonymous with “renewable energy leadership and entrepreneurialism.”
  • Demonstrating open, inclusive leadership that respects all people regardless of their race, religion, country of origin, or who they love. Zero tolerance for discrimination.
  • Growing a vibrant innovation and entrepreneurial sector where young people with new business ideas can find mentors and financing to start a new business.
  • Building best in class broadband infrastructure, because no young person or business will locate somewhere that doesn’t have it.
  • Supporting and encouraging a vibrant and creative arts, music, food, farming, and brewing scene.
  • Maintaining open access to Maine’s beautiful natural places.
  • Inviting young Mainers to have a seat at the table and input on the issues.