Boosting tourism in an eco-friendly manner

Published on : Thursday, April 29, 2021

Officials state that alternative energy sources have the potential to open the door for increased tourism here in The County. Kathy McCarty has more to say on an imminent Zoom symposium planned to draw tourists keen to explore more eco-friendly sites.


NMDC has time after time worked to endorse alternative energy and other programs through the Climate Council of the Governor. Now, the agency is considering alternative energy as a way to boost up tourism.


To quote Jay Kamm, Senior Planner at Northern Maine Development Corporation, “Aroostook County is really rimmed by New Brunswick and Quebec and there’s just a huge number of electric vehicle charging stations kind of rimming The County. And we thought that, you know, with the designation of two new scenic byways and a federal bicycle route, that if we truly are trying to attract people to the region, that we needed to offer some level of comfort for those that may have electric vehicles that they can charge their vehicles while they’re here.”


With the installation of a level 2 charger at Riverside Park in Presque Isle, and rising interest in environment protection, the officials are anticipating a forthcoming educational event will help in showcasing the region as a green destination.


To quote Galen Weibley, Director of Economic and Community Development for the city of Presque Isle, “We decided to, after hearing this input, that it’d be important that we educate the public, as well as the business community, regarding the EV technology. And so we thought it’s only fitting that not only the city would benefit but the entire county, to partner with our regional economic development arm at NMDC to host this EV Symposium on May 4th at 6 p.m.”


Speakers for the free online event will be talking on grant opportunities and ways to keep costs down for installation and upkeep, says Jay Kamm.


“I think the concern that we’ve heard statewide, you know, are we gonna see these rather large electric bills at these charging stations, and like I said, that’s where Efficiency Maine really has a little bit of a mindset change that, you know, we can meter these,” says Kamm.


Kamm explains that as electric vehicles and their ranges get better, so too will the tourism industry of Maine will develop to meet the needs of their owners. For more information or to register, contact Jay Kamm at NMDC or Galen Weibley at Presque Isle City Hall. Kathy McCarty,


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