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Governor Baldacci to visit UMFK and speak at Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner

December 23, 2005


Maine Governor John Elias Baldacci will be on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus on Friday, February 3 to address attendees of the 58th annual Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce dinner.

The event, which will be held in the UMFK SportsCenter, will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m., continue with dinner at 6:00 p.m., and conclude with a program featuring a keynote address by Baldacci and the Chamber's annual awards presentation, including the naming of the "Member of the Year" and "Citizen of the Year" honorees.

Tickets for the Chamber dinner are $18 per person and include a buffet meal. They can be purchased at the Chamber office at 291 West Main Street or reserved by calling 834-5354.

In addition to the meal and presentations, the Chamber will also be holding the drawing for its first-ever "Supper Raffle" at the dinner.

Only 200 tickets for the raffle are being sold at $50 each. They are currently available through the Chamber office and at Paradis Family Supermarket in Fort Kent.

A grand prize of $2,500 will be drawn at the Chamber dinner, as well as a $1,500 second prize, $500 third prize and five $100 winners. Groups or individuals are encouraged to purchase tickets. Winners do not need to be present to be eligible.

The event will be one of two Chamber of Commerce gatherings attended by Baldacci in the St. John Valley on February 3.

Prior to traveling to Fort Kent, Baldacci will meet with members of the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce and other interested community members at a social hosted in his honor between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Madawaska, where there will also be festivities underway for the 10th Annual International Snowmobilers Festival being held in Madawaska/Edmundston that weekend.

For more information on the event, contact Dennis Michaud, executive director of the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce at 728-7000.

Baldacci was elected governor of the state of Maine in 2002 and was sworn into office on January 8, 2003.

He was first elected to public office in 1978, when he won a seat on the Bangor City Council at the age of 23. While working at the family restaurant in Bangor, he earned a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Maine. During this time he learned much about the opportunities and challenges facing Maine's small businesses.

In 1982 he was elected to the Maine State Senate, where he served until 1994. In 1994, Baldacci was elected to represent the Second District of Maine in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also took his family business on the road, serving spaghetti suppers in little towns tucked away in the massive Second District, the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi.

Re-elected to Congress in 1996, 1998, and again in 2000, Baldacci served on the House Agriculture Committee and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Through this committee work, he was involved in many decisions important to Maine's natural resource-based economy.

During his four terms in the U.S. House, he returned every weekend to meet people throughout the district. He heard the need to strengthen Maine's economy and worked to increase value-added processing, so products are worth more when they leave our state. He expanded trading opportunities for Maine businesses. He worked to increase federal funding for research and development at Maine schools and hospitals, and he secured more federal dollars for Maine transportation.

In Congress, John Baldacci focused attention on economic development issues -- working to support value-added processing in Maine, to expand trading opportunities for Maine businesses, to increase federal funding for research and development, and to obtain more resources for the state's transportation network. He also sought to change our government -- working for a balanced budget, a ban on lobbyist gifts, and enactment of campaign finance reform legislation.

Governor Baldacci has focused his efforts through the years on education and economic development. He has helped expand access to technology in the classroom, reduced class size and increased federal government support for special education. During his many years in public service Governor Baldacci has fought to change government, working for a balanced budget, a ban on lobbyist gifts and campaign finance reform legislation.

Governor Baldacci's leadership and hard work have been recognized by a variety of organizations. In particular, his legislative and personal efforts on behalf of children, senior citizens and small businesses have been widely noted.