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Heart of Ellsworth to offer Community Conversation on Outdoor Recreation & Public Health

ELLSWORTH – Heart of Ellsworth (H of E) in partnership with DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism will host a Community Conversation on Outdoor Recreation Assets and Needs of DownEast Acadia. The talk will be on Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the former JB Atlantic Building, 142 Main Street in Ellsworth.  The conversation is open to the public, free of charge.

Carolann Ouellette, Director of the recently created Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation, will share her role and how the Office will leverage Maine’s assets and outdoor recreation heritage to grow its outdoor recreation economy and brand. The discussion will help identify gaps, opportunities, assets, experiences, and partnerships related to outdoor recreation in the Ellsworth area.  According to Oulette, “The information gathered at a variety of public forums in the State will help direct the Office of Outdoor Recreation work and ultimately guide the development of a strategic plan for this new office.”

Joining Carolann are several local experts in economic and workforce development, public health, and conservation & stewardship.

Community Conversations is a popular public forum series established by Heart of Ellsworth in 2017.  According to executive director, Cara Romano, “The Community Conversations series seeks out diverse offerings that impact Ellsworth and its downtown.  Last month we covered developing second story living spaces downtown, this month we look at how our beautiful surroundings can enhance and grow business in our region.  Engaged participants share what’s on their minds and those ideas can help shape the direction for future projects and development.”

Details on upcoming programs in the 2019 Community Conversations series will be shared on heartofellsworth.org and the H of E Facebook page when finalized.

Heart of Ellsworth is a private 501(c)3 that promotes artistic, cultural, economic, educational, environmental and historic activities in the “Downtown” area to promote a vibrant community for all.

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