An Order Creating the Maine International Relations Planning Committee
January 11, 2007
26 FY 06/07
WHEREAS, the arts and cultural resources in Maine provide a unique opportunity for the state to grow its innovative economy by increasing trade, not only in traditional goods and services, but in creative ideas and innovations; and
WHEREAS, reaching across cultural divides will enhance our understanding and appreciation for differing customs and traditions and will contribute to the expansion of knowledge and interest in Maine, its history and culture; and
WHEREAS, education and cultural interchanges and people-to-people involvements with sister-cities, sister-states and other foreign communities and organizations will broaden and strengthen the relationships between Maine citizens and those of other cultures and facilitate joint projects and programs; and
WHEREAS, expanded foreign language and culture education programs from pre-school through continuing education will enlarge the capacity of Maine citizens to contribute to international understanding, reduced international tension and conflict, healthy international trade and broader appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity in our own communities; and
WHEREAS, cultural and educational interaction opportunities can be greatly expanded through use of direct visits, cost-effective communications through the internet and the exchange of materials in various media; and
WHEREAS, an effective Maine program of international relations, education and cultural interaction and trade will depend on creative partnerships between State government, local communities, educational institutions, cultural organizations, businesses and trade organizations, building on existing experience with sister-city and sister-state organizations, voluntary efforts and the Maine International Trade Center; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, John E. Baldacci, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby order the creation of the Maine International Relations Planning Committee (“Committee”).
The Committee is created to develop a plan for a public-private partnership to foster and implement additional opportunities for Maine citizens, institutions and organizations, and businesses to engage in international education, cultural, people-to-people and economic interchanges, coupled with expanded international education programs in Maine.
The Committee shall consist seven members, who are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of the Governor, one of whom shall be appointed to serve as chair.
A representative from other state agencies or other organizations not represented on the Committee can be called on to provide limited information or to participate fully in the Committee when, in the Committee’s discretion, that person has responsibilities or expertise in a particular area that would be helpful to the work of the Committee. The Committee may establish sub-committees as necessary to work on specific tasks. The Committee shall consult with representatives of various international relations constituencies and shall convene at least one conference of interested parties from a broad range of organizations involved in international relations that can advise the Committee on Maine’s international, cultural, educational and economic relations interests and potential programs.
The committee is charged with developing recommendations and a work plan for enhancing and coordinating Maine’s public-private partnerships in cultural, educational and economic relations interests and potential programs. A report containing the Committee’s recommendations and proposed work plan shall be submitted to the Governor, the Legislature and the participating organizations no later than December 31, 2007.
The Committee shall meet at times and places called by the chair. The Committee may accept staffing, financial and other administrative or program support from outside sources as it deems appropriate to its duties. The members of the Committee shall serve without compensation.
The effective date of this Executive Order is January 11, 2007
John E. Baldacci, Governor