Title

"Next" piece on 12 Mainers shaping the future of the state's economy, with a pro

Source

Mainebiz

Date

9-1-2003

Pages

1, 26

Abstract

"Next" piece on 12 Mainers shaping the future of the state's economy, with a profile of Scott Christiansen, 42, executive director of the River Valley Growth Council in Rumford. He was flown in from Hong Kong to interview for the job, which he has had for two years. He is attempting an innovative economic "re-do" of the region, and with his experience in international development, says the best solutions for western Maine are those that improve the local economy while respecting the environment. He has researched the 50-year boom-and-bust cycle of the region's natural resource-based economy and recommends a "leapfrog technology" to capitalize on the coming upswing. He is working with scientists in Colorado on pyrolysis, a process by which biomass, in this case trees, is converted to oils and other chemicals. He plans to develop bio-fuels and a fuel oxygenator and to create a research center in western Maine.

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