Did Ben Franklin really say this about Biddeford-Saco?

Economic development doesn't happen if you sit on your hands and wait for it to happen. Kevin Mattson talks about what's happening in Biddeford-Saco.

Economic development doesn't happen if you sit on your hands and wait for it to happen. Kevin Mattson talks about what's happening in Biddeford-Saco.

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

OK....that's a stretch, but it applies! As a real estate development company that concentrates on complex projects in Maine’s downtown districts, we’ve taken particular note of a unifying role that the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce and Industry is taking in that southern coastal area of Maine. It’s very refreshing. DCA president Kevin Mattson comments in this video.

For instance, the Chamber is a full participant and cheerleader for a fresh branding campaign (new article out today) in which both cities are involved. A recent newsletter from the organization champions a working breakfast that is taking place on April 30th, entitled, “Working Together to create One Dynamic Community.” The breakfast will concentrate on joint economic initiatives and planning for a vibrant economic rebound.

In ancient times, many Maine towns and cities, especially those separated by major rivers, were skilled at limiting their economic potential by inventing and fertilizing needless rivalries, feuds and grudges. They were far more interested in keeping score that they were in keeping up. In the Information Age, that mindset is particularly counter-productive. Notice that the Chamber plays a unifying role even in its corporate identity (see logo, below.) Dirigo Capital Advisors endorses that type of positive thinking 100%, and we hope all communities in Maine adopt this approach. It’s how all of us will succeed, and make things better in Maine.

The Biddeford-Saco Chamber is an activist chamber. That's extremely important if the two communities want to see robust economic development.

The Biddeford-Saco Chamber is an activist chamber. That's extremely important if the two communities want to see robust economic development.