Director, Lisa Cooper and UC Rumford hosted the Maine West group for a day-long meeting recently. Lisa is an active member of the Education working group. Maine West is a partnership of local and regional organizations, now numbering more than 15, dedicated to addressing systemic rural challenges and enhancing community well-being in Western Maine through increased collaboration across the economic, education, health, and conservation sectors. The group is focused in the Oxford Hills, River Valley, and Bethel areas. Their network-based, collaborative mission is focused on building relationships and social capital across all elements of the community, advancing multi-sector projects, and address persistent challenges within those communities. Lisa is very excited about some very tangible projects that the Education group will be spear-heading in the near future.