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Finland-Maine Virtual Trade and Study Mission 2020
August 20, 2020 @ 8:00 am - September 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Exploring Models of Success and Opportunities to Grow Our Forest Bioeconomies
Maine Governor Janet Mills signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Finland in October of 2019, committing the state to working collaboratively with Finland towards building our respective forest bioeconomies and sharing best practices for climate resilience. In support of this MOU, the Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO) at MITC organized a week-long overseas mission to Finland scheduled for June 2020. We were excited about the opportunity to bring Maine businesses and entrepreneurs, academic researchers, and policy makers to Finland to learn how they built their thriving bioeconomy in only 10 short years.
While we are unable to travel to Finland during these exceptional times, we remain committed to looking to Finland as a model of success for building a robust forest bioeconomy in Maine and introducing Maine’s significant biomaterials developments and forest assets potential via the expertise of Maine’s Forest Opportunity Roadmap Coalition to partners in Finland.
Here’s how the virtual mission will work…
Webinar 1: Finland as a Model of Success for Maine’s Forest Economy
August 20, 2020
8:00 – 9:30 AM
Join us for presentations and discussion with leaders from Finland’s government, economic development, and forest industry. We will learn about Finland’s transition from traditional pulp, paper, and wood manufacturing to a world-leading bioeconomy. Finnish businesses and university researchers will show how a commitment to full-resource utilization led to development of innovative, high-value, and sustainable products.
Audience: Maine forest industry businesses, resources, and policy makers, as well as anyone interested in learning about the evolution and strengths of Finland’s forest bioeconomy.
Webinar 2: Maine Reinvents Its Forest Industry
August 25, 2020
8:00 – 9:00 AM
This webinar will provide an overview of Maine’s efforts to reinvent its forest industry, bringing perspectives from leadership of the FOR/Maine coalition, university research and innovation, and business promotion and attraction. The webinar is intended to introduce Maine’s partners in Finland to opportunities in Maine and will serve as a foundation for future discussion under the 2019 Finland-Maine MOU.
Audience: Partners and businesses in Finland and any person or entity interested to learn about Maine’s process and strategy towards achieving a robust forest bioeconomy.
Virtual B2B Matchmaking
September 21 – 30, 2020
Maine businesses and organizations interested in business matchmaking opportunities organized by MENADO and partner Business Finland, please contact Dana Eidsness.