32nd Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Concludes

September 16, 2008

BAR HARBOR – Governor John E. Baldacci praised the spirit of cooperation that characterized the 32nd Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Bar Harbor. The Conference concludes this evening with a state dinner.

Governor Baldacci is the current Chair of the New England Governors’ Conference. He and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham co-chaired for the Conference.

Eight resolutions were signed by the participants of the conference. Topics ranged from regional energy, transportation and economic development issues.

“This Conference enabled the region’s heads of state to strengthen our relationships and build on the momentum we have established in a number of areas vital to the lives of our citizens,” said Governor Baldacci. “In that regard, this event was successful and productive,” said Governor Baldacci. “These collaborative regional approaches will help us all to address the most challenging issues facing us today."

Specific sessions today included: Transportation Solutions for the 21st Century, Northeast CanAM Connections; Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Opportunities in Transportation; Regional Economic Competitiveness and the Innovation Economy; Report on Demographics; A Shared Energy Future; and The Regional Electricity System.

The resolutions were signed today are: - Resolution Concerning the NEG/ECP Transportation Air Quality Action Plan; - Resolution Concerning the Economic and Social Impacts of Demographic Challenges; - Resolution Concerning Energy Efficiency; - Resolution Concerning Energy; - Resolution Concerning the International Appalachian Trail; - Resolution Concerning Climate Change Adaptation; - Resolution Regarding Cooperation and Collaboration on Transportation and Economic Development; and - Resolution Concerning the Initiative for Truck Weight Harmonization.

"This was a historic opportunity to enhance cooperation across our borders," Governor Baldacci said.

For the text of the resolutions as agreed upon at the Conference, please go to: http://www.scics.gc.ca/confer08_e.html