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MEREDA’s 2020 Special Fall Conference: The Chamberlain Model – Back to the Future

October 15, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

We are happy to announce that the new date for our rescheduled “Spring” Conference is now October 15th!  We are transitioning the event to a virtual program and reworking the content a bit.

MEREDA’s 2020 Special Fall Conference – rescheduled from May 2020

The Chamberlain Model – Back to the Future
October 15, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

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Ticket Prices:  MEREDA Members: $45 each | Non-Members: $75 Each

Are you a MEREDA Cornerstone or Sustainer Level Member?  Please remember that as part of your membership benefits, you are entitled to 5 and 2 (respectively) complimentary conference tickets.  Please email the names of those using these tickets to before registering additional attendees. 

REFUND POLICY:  Your RSVP is requested by October 12. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers but fails to attend or who cancels after October 12. Additionally, no refunds will be issued unless the originating stream fails and the program can’t take place. 


Join MEREDA on October 15, 2020 for The Chamberlain Model: Back to the Future — safely presented in a virtual environment –  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

There is much to be learned by studying the rich history of Maine. How did this land mass lying so far from its neighbors achieve such recognition that it has become respected around the world? How have we arrived in this place and time where the mere mention of “Maine” speaks volumes about quality of life, work ethic, and commitment to the environment?

Maine’s favorite son, Joshua Chamberlain, laid the groundwork for Maine’s future in a speech given in 1876 to celebrate America’s Centennial. His vision resonates in today’s pandemic economy and provides stepping stones for all of us as we work to create Maine’s future.

As we face the daunting task of repairing our economy amidst the pandemic, MEREDA has invited three inspiring speakers to tie the history of this great state to the economy we face today. Mapping our path through the words and vision of Joshua Chamberlain, Senator Angus KingDr. Glenn Cummings, and historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will outline and explain Chamberlain’s model for the Maine economy. They will discuss the risks and rewards of Chamberlain’s economic outline, and start to chart the course for Maine’s next 200 years of economy.

Following our historical review, attendees will hear an update from MEREDA’s featured economist Dr. Charles Colgan (former State Economist of Maine and creator of the MEREDA Index). By reviewing the numbers that inform the MEREDA Index, Dr. Colgan will provide a clear picture of what we face.

Kim Hamilton, CEO FocusMaine, will then turn our vision to the future and outline how three globally competitive and high-growth fields are bringing new opportunity to Maine and Mainers, setting the stage for a moderated discussion about Maine’s future.

Following a short break, the conference will pivot to the future. An expert-packed lineup of speakers and future-facing panelists promise a dynamic, uplifting and informative discussion to complete the conference.

Panelists include Scott Wellman, CFO Puritan Medical Products; Amber Lambke, Founder & CEO Maine Grains; Seth Webber, Principal Berry Dunn; and Briana Warner, President & CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms. The panel will be moderated by Andrea Cianchette Maker, Esq. Pierce Atwood, LLP.

The format will be engaging, interactive, and conversational. There will be many opportunities for audience interface and questions with an expert panel sharing their perspectives and experiences.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: This course has been approved for 3 hours of BROKER and LEGAL continuing education credits. Attendees seeking credits will be required to confirm their virtual attendance by completing an exam based on the material presented. The exam will be embedded on the steaming page below the video and chat window. You’ll be able to fill it out right on the stream page as you are watching or at the end of the program.  Click submit once you have completed the exam.  You must receive a score of 85% in order to receive your credits.


US Senator for Maine, Angus S. King

University of Southern Maine President, Dr. Glenn Cummings

Historian, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

Dr. Charles Colgan

Dr. Kim Hamilton

Panel Discussion





October 15, 2020
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Virtual Event