CAMDEN — Midcoast Council of Governments Executive Director Mathew Eddy will present Developing a Vision for the Midcoast Region at the Camden Rotary Club at noon Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Eddy assumed the leadership of MCOG (formerly the MidCoast Development District) in May. His talk will address challenges and opportunities related to natural resources, housing, community development and land use strategies. It is part of a series the club is hosting in its efforts to promote local economic and workforce development.

“The Midcoast is blessed with unique natural resources and a distinct quality of life,” Eddy said. “Yet, we face challenges from shortages in housing (all markets) and employees (all segments), to difficulties for traditional farming (e.g., blueberries, distribution), and climate change impacts, to name but a few. MCOG’s board of directors will hold a series of strategic planning sessions to hear and develop that five-year strategy, including one in the greater Knox County area.”

MCOG, which represents communities from Brunswick to southern Waldo County, aims to strengthen the capability of member municipalities and counties to make Midcoast Maine a better place to live, work, and play. The council helps its members design and implement planning and development policies and strategies.

Eddy has over 40 years of experience in local, regional, and state planning and development, most recently as Biddeford’s planning and development director. He has experience in land use planning, economic and community development, housing program delivery, land trusts and environmental planning, transportation planning, and grant development and programming.

The Camden Rotary Club’s website at camdenrotary.org includes recordings of all the talks in this series. Guests are welcome to attend the August 16 meeting at the First Congregational Church in Camden or online via Zoom. Contact Stephanie Griffin for connection details at steph.griffinsg00@gmail.com.