The Center is advancing our rural destination development strategy as the State of Maine searches for a recreation destination specialist. Recreation-based tourism is an increasingly important source of economic opportunity in rural Maine. The Center believes that historic investments in conservation and recreation infrastructure can be effectively leveraged by a targeted destination development strategy. “Clusters” are already emerging with private sector leadership.

We will work with our partners in state government and the Maine Woods Consortium to help communities prepare for and take advantage of this new resource for destination development. The new destination development specialist grew out of a legislative effort led by the Center and the Maine Woods Consortium to advance strategic clustering of recreational amenities, particularly around developed communities. Clustered development of amenities will create quality experiences for visitors in the Maine Woods as a strategy to generate local wealth and provide quality jobs in the Maine Woods.