MERI ratings and Senate Candidate

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 9am

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Our Guests:

Ben GilmanX
Ben Gilman
Maine Economic Research Institute -

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Ben joined the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in 2010. In his capacity at the Chamber, Ben focuses primarily on utilities and energy, natural resources, and business regulation issues. Previously, he served as director of Government Affairs with the Maine Energy Marketers Association, director of Government Affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors, and as director of Outreach and Economic Development for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. Ben received his BA from the University of Maine, Orono, JD from the University of Maine’s School of Law, holds a certificate in International Law from Santa Clara University School of Law, and is a licensed attorney in the State of Maine.


Amy VolkAmy Volk is running for a
Senate seat representing
Scarborough, Gorham and Buxton

Amy Volk is the current
State Representative for
House District 127
(Coastal Scarborough)

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She has served on the governor’s State Workforce Investment Board as well as the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee for the last four years and is currently the Lead minority member of that committee, which oversees both the Department of Labor, including the Office of Professional and Financial Regulation, and the Department of Economic Development, which includes Maine State Housing Authority, the Finance Authority of Maine, the Office of Tourism, as well as all the state’s economic development programs and incentives.

Accomplishments in Augusta

Under her tenure, the legislature has cleaned up waste and abuse at the Maine State Housing Authority, reformed our workers’ compensation laws to reduce litigation and create more predictability for injured workers and employers, created a mechanism for evaluating economic development programs and held the line on minimum wage increases.

In addition to her concern for business issues, Amy has is passionate about tax and education reform in Maine and has sponsored legislation to address those issues, including being the lead co-sponsor of the bill which made Maine the 43rd state to allow charter schools. Amy is best known lately for having successfully championed legislation to help victims of sex trafficking.

Amy Volk in the Community

Rep. Volk resides in Scarborough with her husband Derek, the Vice President of a third-generation family business, Volk Packaging Corporation. They have four children.

Rep. Volk is active in the local community as a member of the worship team at The Rock Church. She has served as the Board Secretary of the Root Cellar for many years and is the volunteer Board President for Maine Connections Academy.  She also donates her time with Scarborough Softball Boosters, Scarborough Soccer Boosters and Scarborough Cheering Club.

SMCC Open House

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 9am

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Our Guests:
Ronald Cantor

Ronald G. Cantor, Ph.D.
President of Southern Maine Community College

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Dr. Ronald G. Cantor has been President of Southern Maine Community College since 2011. He holds degrees from Syracuse University (Ph.D., cultural foundations

of education/history), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (M.Ed., educational administration), and the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics (B.S., administration).

With 47 degree and certificate programs open1SMCCserves more than 7,000 students on two full-service campuses plus 10 satellite sites and online. It is Maine’s largest, oldest and most diverse community college as well as the second largest undergraduate institution in the state.

Dr. Cantor is active withnumerous community organizations and initiatives including thosecommitted tostudent success, economic and cultural development, health care and history. He and his wife, Alexandra Bennett, have two daughters: Katharine XiangFei and Julia RuiMin, both adopted from China.


XJulie Chase
Julie Chase
Interim Dean of Business
and Community Partnerships
at Southern Maine
Community College

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Julie Chase has been with SMCC for almost ten years in roles supporting

workforce and economic development in Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties. Prior to joining SMCC, she was a small business owner and was among the first employees that helped establish York County Community College.

Julie serves on boards for Coastal Counties Workforce Inc. and the Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation (GPEDC) and is a member of the Education

Committee for the Manufacturers Association of Maine. Other community leadership roles include being a member of the Leadership Team for Mobilize Maine in Greater Portland, leading the Business Recruitment and Retention Committee for GPEDC and various other committees in Southern Maine that help connect businesses and individuals to the higher education community and resources that can help them thrive.

A recent graduate of the Leadership Maine program through the Maine Development Foundation, she is passionate about linking resources to support the economic vitality of Maine.   Julie loves volunteering in her community as well as on service trips to

Guatemala, most recently bringing a team of business people, SMCC students and staff to work in a remote village.


open2Are you interested in attending SMCC? If so, be sure to attend our Open House(s) this Fall.

During these open houses you will:

    • Meet Faculty
    • Explore Academic Programs
    • Learn About Financial Aid
    • And More!

South Portland Campus Open House

Saturday, October 25
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106

Schedule of Events:open3

      • Doors Open – 9:00 a.m.
      • Program & Services Fair – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
      • Campus Center Offices Open – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      • Select Program Visits – 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      • Admissions presentations, campus tours, and residence hall tours will be ongoing throughout the Open House.

open4Midcoast Campus
Open House in Brunswick

Thursday, November 13
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
29 Sewall Street, Brunswick, ME 04011

We recommend this Open House to those who are interested in studying at our state-of-the-art campus in Brunswick.

Register online now!

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