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A leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors

Portland, ME


Mayor: Ethan Strimling (2015 - 2019)
Institute Session: 2017 MICD 67

“The MICD experience helped me think differently about how to bring different voices to the table with a new understanding of the importance of brainstorming together. At the same time, it reinforced much of what our planning staff is already doing that is pretty visionary.

The most valuable part of the experience was hearing the common problems that other mayors were dealing with. For me, it was much less about the project itself and much more about hearing from other cities struggling with the same issues and learning how they have been tackling them.”

— Former Portland, ME Mayor Ethan Strimling

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