Monday, August 28, 2006

Dates Set For Big Box Forums

How has the growth of stores like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Target helped or hurt your family, your job, your community?

The Eastern Maine Fair Economy Commission
invites you to take part in

A Community Forum On
and your local economy

Alamo Theater, Bucksport, September 25, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Ellsworth City Hall, September 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wellman Commons, Bangor Theological Seminary, October 5, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Join us to share your stories, experiences, and ideas about issues like:

-- The impact of "big box" stores on jobs and wages

-- The affect of "big box" stores on other local businesses

-- The balance between the tax revenues "big box" stores bring to a community
and the demand they place on municipal services

-- The importance of low prices for people with low incomes

-- Where the products on store shelves come from

-- The environmental impacts of "big box" development

-- Ways to give the public a bigger voice in making decisions about what kind of economy we want for our communities, our region, our state,
our country, and our world.

The Eastern Maine Fair Economy Commission is a group of leaders from the labor, academic, public service, and business communities drawn together by PICA to examine the impact of "big box" development on our region and recommend policies to create a fair and sustainable economy for Eastern Maine.

For more information contact
Sean Donahue -- 207-947-4203, or
Daphne Loring --

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