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A Letter From Tom Peaco about the Expo

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020

 

To our valued members,

I write to you today to let you know that your Chamber leadership has decided to reschedule our Business & Community Expo to a future date to be determined. Plans were well underway for this very popular and anticipated event, which had been scheduled for April 1.

As you know from our update on Wednesday, our staff and board leaders are keeping a close eye on the rapidly evolving information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, Maine Governor Janet Mills and Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah held a press conference announcing several actions and recommendations, including a recommendation to postpone indoor events scheduled within the next 30 days that are expected to attract over 250 people. We have chosen to follow their recommendation and reschedule our Expo to ensure the health and safety of all participants, and to ensure we can deliver to you all an Expo that provides a vibrant and full event for all exhibitors and attendees.

I have personally communicated with each of our Expo Sponsors and Partners in the past 18 hours, and am overwhelmed with gratitude for their unanimous understanding and support of this decision to reschedule. Our Sponsors and Partners (listed below) were also unanimous in their desire to stick with the Chamber and the Expo, and all look forward to participating once a new date is confirmed. On behalf of our board and staff, I offer our sincere thanks for your support.

All Expo exhibitor booth reservations are still in place, and our floor plan will simply roll forward to the new date to be announced. We will select a new date once the Governor and the Maine CDC indicate that conditions are safe to move forward with indoor events of 250 or more participants, and we all hope that this ‘green light’ comes soon. We understand that the new date may cause a schedule conflict for some, but none of us will know that until we determine a new date. Once the new date is announced, exhibitors with schedule conflicts are welcome to contact us to discuss options including refunds.

We continue to encourage you to regularly check web pages set up by the Maine CDC and the Federal CDC to inform your business and personal decisions. These are uncertain times for businesses and organizations, and we need to work together to weather these challenges.

If you are healthy and not in a high-risk group due to a health condition or age, the Chamber encourages you to continue to patronize local businesses and organizations. As of this writing, there are no recommended restrictions from the Maine CDC on healthy people patronizing local shops and restaurants, or going about your daily business while practicing common sense hygiene. Keep supporting local business, and check regularly for updates from the CDC. We will get through this together.

I welcome hearing from you if you have ideas about actions the Chamber could take to help us all navigate this period of uncertainty. We're here to serve you, our members, and we are eager to help lead efforts to lessen the economic impact of this period while ensuring the health and safety of all.

See you at the Expo!

Best wishes,

 

Tom Peaco, President & CEO

 

Our 2020 Expo Sponsors:

Pen Bay Medical Center - LCI - First National Bank

Sheila Lowe Aflac/January Peavey State Farm

TD Bank - Camden National Bank - Storm Warriors Media Foundation

Our 2020 Event Partners:

Adventure Advertising - Courier Publications

Frank 106.9 and 105.5 The Wolf - Samoset Resort - Wallace Events