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Portland Unwrapped

Thank you to all that made Portland Unwrapped such a success! Community Television Network generously did all of the filming that day — check out their video coverage in 4 parts below:

Lift360_Portland_UnwrappedPortland Unwrapped 2017

Wednesday March 22, 2017 – 8am-4pm

Custom House, Portland, Maine

Portland Unwrapped is a day for those who want to discover more deeply how the Portland community functions and how they can become informed, connected to, and participate in our community. We will feature the places, programs, and people who make Portland a vibrant local and global city. The program provides a forum for quality discussion and interaction with a network of government, business, and community leaders. Lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Federally-owned Custom House building are included. Both new residents to Portland and long-time city residents will learn new facts, issues, and ways to get involved. Participants will have a greater understanding of how Portland functions—from the past, to the present, to the Portland of tomorrow. The group will learn where their choices and investment of time and/or money can make a positive impact on the community where they live and/or work.

We’ll talk about…
History of an international port
Local and global leadership through time
Portland’s Comprehensive Plan
Role of tourism in Portland’s economy and waterfront
Portland’s local, global trade – businesses
Businesses thriving on the working waterfront
Educating, workforce training and the economy
Role of new Mainers in the local economy
How urban planning shapes/supports/reacts with/to the waterfront

ModeratorsJill Duson and Pam Plumb

ExhibitorsNonprofit tables & volunteer opportunities

  • Community Television Network
  • Creative Portland/2 Degrees Portland
  • Friends of Fort Gorges
  • Greater Portland Landmarks
  • Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
  • Portland Downtown
  • United Way of Greater Portland & Brick & Beam Society
  • Waterfront Alliance



Lift360 Portland Unwrapped

7:45 – 8:15 Registration

8:15 Introduction: Elizabeth Ross-Holmstrom, Founder, BreakTogether and Lift360, Vice Chair
Carol Walker Aten, Senior Associate/Program Director
Facilitators: Pam Plumb & Jill Duson

8:30 – 10:00 – Session 1: The Port and the Land
Jeffrey W. Porter, Director, US Export Assistance Center – Portland’s trade story at the Custom House
Bill Needelman, Waterfront Coordinator, City of Portland –   A foot in two worlds: Straddling the line between land and ocean, Portland is a waterfront community
Tuck O’Brien, City Planning Director – Portland planning and plans

10:00 – 11:30 – Session 2: Vibrant Portland
Casey Gilbert
, Executive Director, Portland Downtown – A vibrant downtown is essential to a City’s economic health
Lynn Tillotson, President/CEO, Visit Portland – Portland as an international and domestic travel destination
Dinah Minot, Executive Director, Creative Portland – It’s the creative community – fine arts, music, literary arts, graphic design, culinary arts, digital arts & performance arts – that sustains and grows the creative economy

11:30 – 1:00 – Lunch and Exhibit mingling

1:00 – 2:30 – Session 3: Portland Local and Global

Kyle Foley, Seafood Program Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute – Dinner: Your connection to the local working waterfront and the global seafood marketplace

Jon Leavitt, Chase Leavitt, a multi-purpose ship chandlery and Portland’s ships agent for 160 years.

Wade Merritt, Vice President, Maine International Trade Center, Portland’s international trade – past and future

2:30 – 4:00 – Session 4: Portland Works
Claude Rwaganje, Executive Director, Community Financial Literacy – CFL empowers, through education and counseling, members of refugee and immigrant communities to invest in themselves to build financial stability, careers, businesses and wealth
Curt Brown, Ready Seafood, Marine Biologist – Portland as a global destination with lots of local flavor
Quincy HentzelInterim CEO, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce – Portland’s population, contrary to popular belief, is actually declining.  We were at our peak population in 1950 at approximately 75,000 – today we are at about 65,000.

4:00 – 4:15 – Wrap-up –how to volunteer & connect with the community – Carol

4:15 – 4:45 – optional tour of the Custom House

 Thank you to our event sponsors!


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