Portland, ME - Maine will be represented by the largest delegation at the Arctic Circle Assembly on October 10 - 12 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Governor Janet Mills will lead the Maine delegation of over 60 individuals representing Maine businesses, academic institutions, and state and local governments.* In addition to a plenary session speech by Governor Mills, 10 Mainers will share their knowledge as presenters/panelists in workshops and breakout sessions on topics ranging from ocean food systems and changes in global fisheries, to sustainable tourism and youth mental health issues.**
Since 2014, Maine International Trade Center’s Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO) has organized a Maine delegation to the annual event, where Maine is the only US state with a significant presence. MENADO assists with meeting schedules during and around the event, coordinates high-level discussions with international partners, and hosts Maine networking events to add value to the Arctic Circle Assembly experience for Maine participants.
“MENADO Director Dana Eidsness has worked thoughtfully and tirelessly for the last 5 years to build relationships and ensure that Maine has a voice at the table in this rapidly changing, globally strategic region,” Maine International Trade Center President Wade Merritt said. “This annual trip to Iceland is a unique opportunity to strengthen existing relationships, make new connections, and develop additional collaborations. The Maine delegation size has increased each year, which is a positive sign of growing interest and momentum.”