Greater Portland and Lakes Region Annual Summit

Wednesday, May 31st, 1 PM – 7:30 PM
St. Joseph’s College
278 Whites Bridge Rd., Standish, ME

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If you are having any difficulty registering for the Annual Summit, contact Nathan at (207)-774-9891 x230 with any questions.

Our annual meeting is now reimagined as the Annual Summit: a half-day event of timely discussions and a farm-fresh social gathering at St. Joseph’s College Stone Barn, featuring food and beer from around the region.

The Annual Summit brings together our communities to celebrate successes from the past year; addressing our region’s greatest opportunities and challenges.




PLENARY: 1pm – 2:30pm



Matt Sturgis, President, Greater Portland Council of Governments


Voices of the Region: What Binds Us

Exploring the commonalities and differences in our region, answering what can we do better together than alone?

Dave Morton, Casco Town Manager

Patti Smith, South Portland Mayor

Ed Suslovic, Former Portland City Councilor

Nat Tupper, Yarmouth Town Manager

Kevin Joyce, Cumberland County Sheriff

Facilitated by: Kristina Egan, Executive Director GPCOG


What Works!

Quick one-minute rounds from each member municipality outlining a local successful, innovative initiative.


President’s Award

Matt Sturgis reCOGnizes an outstanding local initiative.


The Last 12 Months at GPCOG

GPCOG’s staff tell the story of the agency over the last year.


WORKSHOPS: 2:40pm – 5:40pm

Join your colleagues from cities and towns around the region and learn what innovative solutions are being put to work in five interactive workshops.

2:40 pm Opiate Misuse – Regional Approaches to Treatment and Enforcement As Cumberland County struggles with a rapid increase in overdoses and overdose deaths from opiate misuse, municipalities are searching for effective treatment options while also ensuring public safety.  This peer exchange will explore how municipalities are addressing the problem through prevention, harm reduction, enforcement, and treatment efforts. The discussion will explore gaps in current programs and how partnerships between organizations and municipalities are producing better outcomes of those efforts. Jon Jennings, Portland City Manager
Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Chief
Nathan Poore, Falmouth Town Manager
Health, treatment and municipal leaders  throughout the region 
2:40 pm Broadband 101 – Connecting Maine’s Rural Areas For rural Maine communities to thrive and grow, fast and reliable broadband connectivity is essential. Hear shared lessons from communities with varied broadband needs and the risks they face to expand and finance broadband networks. Find out how some rural municipalities and their partners have worked together to develop greater broadband access. Fletcher Kittredge, CEO and Founder, GWI
Briana Warner, Economic Development Director, Island Institute
Kathy Tombarelli, Gray Town Planner
Sue Inches, Principal Consultant, Broadband and Energy Partners
3:40 pm  Opiate Misuse – Regional Approaches to Treatment and Enforcement (continued) Continued from 2:30 pm session
3:40 pm Aging-in-Place – Best Practices on How Communities are Helping Residents Thrive as They Age Maine is the oldest and most rural state in the country. Our communities are continually working for ways to provide a safe, comfortable and affordable environment for their seniors to live and thrive. Find out more about Age-Friendly Communities and regional aging-in-place success stories. The discussion will focus on creative transportation, health, housing and tax relief solutions which benefit not only seniors but entire communities. Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director
Bill Shane, Cumberland Town Manager

Jessica Maurer, Executive Director, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging
4:40 pm Recreational Marijuana – Regional Approaches to Maine’s New Law Municipalities across Maine are struggling to address the new adult use marijuana law. Communities question how much local control they have and how the health and safety of their community will be impacted. Many cities and towns also want to know what their neighbors are doing so that they can work together. We will address these questions and look at how we can work as a region to address Maine’s new marijuana law. Representative Teresa Pierce, Co-chair Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation (invited)
Lt. John Kilbride, Falmouth Police Department

Hannah King, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum
Tex Haeuser,
Planning Director, City of South Portland

Jessa Berna, GPCOG Land Use Planner
4:40 pm Complete Streets – Strengthening Towns Through Great Street Design Towns and cities across Maine are adopting Complete Streets policies in response to growing interest in walking, biking, and transit, and to address the mobility needs of aging residents. While most everyone wants to design safer, more livable places, many local governments want to know how such a policy will work in practice. This session will discuss the benefits, challenges, and practical realities of Complete Streets policies for towns and cities in our region. Resources offered will include model policies, case studies, and sample design guidelines. Dan Bacon, Gorrill Palmer, former Scarborough Town Planner
Anne Gass, ABG Consulting LLC, Gray Bike Ped Committee
Ben Smith, Director of Planning, Town of Windham
Hugh Coxe, MaineDOT Region 1 Planner
Rick Harbison, GPCOG Planner and GIS Coordinator
Zoe Miller, GPCOG Project Manager & Public Health Specialist

*AICP CM credits pending for all workshops


GPCOG Business Meeting: 5:45 pm – 6 p.m.

General Assembly members conduct the annual business meeting of GPCOG.


 Reception: 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us at the Stone Barn on the St. Joseph’s College Campus for a celebration of Maine food and beverage. Appetizers from local farms and Maine food producers will be served as well as tasting flights from Maine craft breweries.

Electric vehicle shuttles will be available to take participants to the Stone Barn.

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