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Dear FACCNE Members and Friends,
This is a time of significant political transition in our society, a time of uncertainty for economic relations between Europe and the US, and a time when our daily decisions reflect a responsibility towards the future. I cannot help but be reminded of the words of wisdom and hope that our French Ambassador, Gérard Araud, expressed at the Residence de France last November, as he commented on Brexit and the tragic events in Nice. "In this period of uncertainty, we have to remain hopeful and determined, we will succeed, no matter what...and remember...'Entrepreneur' is a French word".
As a newly elected Board Member of the FACCNE, my hopes are grand, my courage is fierce, and my determination to help our community thrive has never been stronger.
A formula, motivated by careful planning, strong economic leaders, and an efficient and powerful network of talented entrepreneurs, is what we offer at FACCNE. Did you know that France's total exports in the US represents an economic force valued at more than $40 Billion? Or, that there are 2,700 subsidiaries of French companies in the United States, employing more than 500,000 people. The most successful companies in the United States include Veolia, Safran, Airbus, Alstom, Suez Environment, and Keolis.
New England is one of the most prolific regions for economic growth, continually attracting entrepreneurs from France and the rest of the world. At FACCNE, it will be my goal and honor to help extend our community's outreach to Maine. It is here that economic forces are strong and thriving: with Portland as its ocean-front economic capital (and a nationally recognized and celebrated hub of cuisine!), one could say that this region is the Northeast stronghold for a great quality of life. Only 90 minutes North of Boston, Maine and its French heritage has a lot to offer to entrepreneurs, and it's much more than a delicious destination for foodies.
In 2015, the percentage of Maine total exports to Francophone Countries represented 55.16%, with Canada alone totaling more than $1.25 Billion; companies like Iddex, Fairchild and recently Eimskip, opening a new shipping route between Maine and European Markets, have chosen our state to settle in for a good reason. Economic development and growth has never been higher in Portland. Eimskip, an Icelandic shipping company, has made Portland its closest United States port of call, opening up new economic possibilities for our entire region. Eimskip's shipping routes create a direct link between Maine and European markets, and is expected to revive a once-booming cargo operation on the Portland waterfront. International trade, including exports and imports, supports 180,500 Maine jobs -more than 1 in 5 in the state, and our infrastructure is ready to welcome this growth.
Great deeds take time and hard work. They are part of a universal dynamic, and a responsibility towards humanity for improving our lives. The FACCNE Board wishes to express its determination, enthusiasm, and constant efforts to make our community flourish, to develop new opportunities to grow our businesses, and to act as your tool to develop new business opportunities and talents.
FACCNE Board Member
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