King Unveils UMaine Initiative 

Former Governor Angus King was at the University of Maine Thursday.He’s helping to launch a new initiative designed to strengthen Maine’s economy.The sustainable solutions initiative was established in July thanks to a $20,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.It focuses on enhancing education statewide to help Maine compete with the ever changing economic environment.Former Governor King spoke about the role the UMaine system will play in Maine’s economic future. “Well I think it starts with education, the economy now is very different then it was 30 years ago, where more education, more facility with technology is going to be important in whatever the jobs are,” Said King on Thursday.King says the university system has never been more important as jobs of the future will be driven by technology.He also urged colleges and universities to do more to keep graduating students here in Maine.