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December 31, 2008


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Maine will host two divergent groups on the same evening in early January.  And in the typical UMFK fashion, the two groups will have an opportunity to interact socially before attending to their respective business.

The Maine Development Foundation will host a bus tour of approximately 85 Maine state legislators on Thursday, January 8, 2009. That evening at 6 p.m., the legislators will dine in Nowland Hall and hear from a series of speakers on rural health issues affecting northern Maine.

That same evening, UMFK also will host a group of civic leaders and representatives from French heritage groups from across the St. John Valley to discuss northern Maine’s participation in potentially co-hosting the 2014 World Acadian Congress. 

Leaders from both sides of the St. John River will meet to strategize on bringing the congress to the greater St. John Valley, as well as to Edmundston, New Brunswick and surrounding counties.  The World Acadian Congress has the potential to attract upwards of 50,000 people to the Valley.

Prior to each group’s formal agenda for the evening, UMFK will bring them together for a social hour.   The social hour will provide the legislators with an opportunity to learn more about the World Acadian Congress event planning and also to gain a sense of the University’s central role in the life and culture of the region.  The social also will allow local leaders planning for the congress to meet with legislators from across the state.

For further information about the Maine Development Fund legislative bus tour, please call 207-626-3116 or at  Further information on the World Acadian Congress may be obtained through the Maine Acadian Heritage Council at 207-728-6826, or at