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Talk – Unkicking the can: How community development can make a difference now

November 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required due to security concerns. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information.

Downtown OronoSpeaker: Dave Milan, Director of Community Development, Town of Orono, Maine

Having worked in law enforcement as well as community and economic development for many decades, Dave Milan discovered that many parts of municipal government operate in silos, with too little knowledge of how their work connects with the work of other departments. Over the past 20 years, he has helped municipalities learn how departments can work together to improve community well-being. In Orono, he has also provided guidance to UMaine students in aligning their research projects with the needs of local government, the private sector and community organizations. In this talk, he’ll share some of the lessons he has learned about the ways that university research can strengthen community development initiatives.

Dave Milan works for the Town of Orono as the Director of Community Development overseeing the offices of Economic Development, Code Enforcement, Planning and Assessing. He assists companies with business plan development, identifying funding and employee training opportunities, regulatory hurdle jumping, and other challenges that businesses face in their quest for success.

Prior to his 20 years in the economic development field, Dave was the Deputy Chief of Police at the Bucksport Police Department. After spending 26 years as a police officer, Dave brought his talents as a criminal investigator and problem solver to the business world. Graduating from Bucksport High School and Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, Dave went on to graduate at the top of his class at both the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Dave has served in leadership positions on regional boards and committees including Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Eastern Maine Community College, Hancock County Planning Commission, Bangor Region Development Alliance and the Bangor Target Area Development Corporation.

Dave has been married to his wife Vicki for 40 years and they have four grown children and nine grandchildren. He likes to spend his free time on his lobster boat Gone Wishin.



November 23, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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107 Norman Smith Hall
Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States


Mitchell Center