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08:00 Welcome, David + Josh 8:10 Overview of the headliners 8:30 Initial temperature check by full ERC ● How is this landing ● What is most compelling given our task? ● What do we need to discuss right now to address concerns? 8:50 • Discussion – addressing the priority revisions 9:20 Close and next steps 9:30 Adjourn
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Good morning! Yellow Breen, MDF here. Very powerful and encompassing set of recommendations. A major concern: Talent/workforce: the substance and language needs to speak much more powerfully to the urgency and primacy of working with adult learners most of whom are working and raising a family while going back to school or ST training. Should be in box at top level of primacy. The numbers don't lie: this is where hundreds of thousands of Mainers are, tens of thousands of which want and need to upskill whether by ST training or full fledged 2&4 degrees. We often lapse into talking "young talent" or even general concepts (like internships) which are crucial but less germane to already working adult learners. A good perspective from the Lumina Foundation, which is focusing on the list from literally millions of adult learners over the next five years. UMS, MCCS, privates, and all MaineSpark folks are working on this hard. https://www.luminafoundation.org/about/strategic-plan/
In relation to the infrastructure recommendation for a transportation bond, I suggest a late language addition (as yet unvetted by the infrastructure subgroup) which talks about the need for a sustainable funding model. Proposed language below:"We recommend this large bond initiative in parallel with a recognition that Maine's increasing dependence on the annual issuance of large General Obligation transportation bonds is evidence of the structural inadequacy of the state's current funding model to meet the state's needs for transportation infrastructure investment and maintenance. While we believe that a substantial economic benefit will directly and immediately return from this bond recommendation, we also note that longer-term prosperity of the state will require a sustainable transportation funding model."