We'll need more than just expanded tourism. People simply don't vacation enough for tourism alone to save Maine. However, we can certainly expand our tourism - there is plenty of potential for this. To do so, above all we must protect Maine's vaunted "quality of place", that which Governor Baldacci always talked up - before he started destroying it with industrial wind projects and transmission lines.
America’s forgotten towns: Can they be saved or should people just leave?
“You have to change the business model of the community . . . not just attract one assembly plant that creates 100 jobs,” he said. “You really need a concept of where the town is going.” He envisions a new economy in the Rust Belt that is focused on growing healthy foods — what he calls “high-tech agriculture” — and more environmental tourism.