Some Think We’re At The End Of The Road
United By Nature Divided By Man
Canadian Investment In Maine
Canada – Our Economic Partners 1/3 of Maine’s Foreign-Bound Goods Are Exported To Canada 37,000 Maine Jobs Depend on Canadian-US Trade Over 60 Canadian-Owned Companies Employ Over 5,500 People in Maine Canadian Tourists Contribute over 230 Million to Maine’s Economy Source: Canadian-American & Maine International Trade Center – March 14, 2012
Six Economic Growth Paths 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Fill in the â€œhollow regionâ€? lack of intra-regional development Expand outward trade by positioning to take advantage of increasing global trade Become a link & transshipment point for Great Lakes to Atlantic trade Become a crossroads for N-S & E-W trade flows Capitalize on regional specialties (incl. energy, tourism, natural resources, aircraft & automotive manufacturing) Address broader international port access issues facing Southern New England & Great Lakes Region
We Are Positioned Perfectly! World Container Forecast From 2008 to 2024 85 Million to 243 Million TEUâ€™s Source: CanAm Study
Major Transportation Routes What is Missing?
The Concept = Linking Trade Gateways East-West Transportation, Utility & Communications Corridor
Environmental Sensitivity â€“ Wildlife Crossing
East-West Corridor Vision Maine Becomes The Northeast Trade Gateway Provide Economic Opportunity & Vitality to Maine, the Maritimes & Quebec Develop Long-Term Transportation, Utility & Communications Corridor Improve Connections to US & Canadian Heartland & Atlantic Ports
Develop Demonstration Pre-Clearance Border Crossings
Why Is E-W Corridor Important To Maine Improves Connectivity of Central US, Canada & Maritimes to Europe & Asia Attracts Additional Investments to Maine’s Rural Communities Reduces Travel Time & Carbon Footprint Improves Utility Transmission & Communications Revitalizes Maine’s Ports & Rail Systems Creates Long Term Jobs & Expands Tax Base Improves Access to Maine Tourism
About The Highway Approximately 220 Mile, 500 ft Wide, 13,250 Acre, Toll Highway (Calais to Coburn Gore) Avoids Negative Impacts on Communities Maximizes Utilization Existing Right-Of-Ways Privately Funded, Owned, Operated & Maintained Constructed by Maine People & Maine Companies Policed by Maine Law Enforcement Agencies Funded from Tolls
About The Highway Canadian Weight Limits & Tandem Trailers Improves Connectivity of Rural Communities Will NOT Utilize Eminent Domain For Land Acquisition Six Currently Planned Interchanges: Calais, I-95, Rt 15, Rt 23, Rt 201 & Rt 16/27 The Highway will be ISO-14001 Environmentally Compliant Demonstration Wildlife Crossings Will Be Constructed
Community Considerations Access For Multi-Use Trail Systems — ATV, Snowmobile, Hiking, Walking, etc.
Access For Logging Roads Route 27 Scenic Byway Connection