The National Extension Association of Family Consumer Science (NEAFCS), the professional association of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is being honored by the Greater Portland Conference and Visitor’s Bureau with a Phoenix Award because of the local economic impact of the association’s national convention in Portland last fall.
The bureau estimates that the 2010 Annual Session of the NEAFCS: Lighting the Way through Education and Research generated about $850,000 for the local economy. It presents a Phoenix Award to a local organization whose efforts produce the largest economic impact for the Portland area.
The convention, held with assistance from UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty and specialists, focused on Maine’s unique entrepreneurial spirit, resources and history, in addition to professional development collaborations to address issues affecting individuals, families and communities. Participants also experienced the signature tastes and historic features of Maine and spent time sightseeing and shopping in the greater Portland area.
Representatives from the Maine Extension Association of Family Consumer Science, including Jane Conroy, UMaine Extension educator in the Piscataquis County office, also helped put on the convention, which attracted hundreds of Extension personnel from around the country.