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      July 14, 2019

      Sunday   3:00 PM

      220 Warrenton Street
      Rockport, Maine 04856

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      Eastern States Conference: Maine 2019

      Maine is proud to be the host state of the Eastern States Conference for state retail associations and retail industry executives. Join us at the Samoset Resort on the Ocean in Rockport, ME from Sunday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 17 for in-depth discussions of issues impacting retail in the northeast and networking with the top government affairs professionals in the industry. Of course, you can expect fresh Maine lobster, beautiful ocean vistas and a variety of local Maine goods to be featured.  Agenda (as of June 11, 2019) Sunday, July 14, 2019 2 PM - 6 PM: Registration 6 PM: Welcome reception 7 PM: Dinner Monday, July 15, 2019 7 AM - 9:30 AM: Breakfast 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: KEYNOTE: Steve Smith, CEO of LL Bean 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM: Product Stewardship: Packaging, Bags and Batteries, oh my!  Panelists: Erin Sigrist,VTRGA; Brian Rose, RILA; Andy Hackman, Serlin Haley (Moderator: Curtis Barry, Barry Government Relations) 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM: Break 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM: The Retail Marijuana Business: Impacts and Opportunities Panelists: Scott Reed, President & Matt Harrell, curaleaf; Miguel Martin, CEO of Reliva CBD (Moderators: Curtis Picard, ME and John Holub, NJ) 11:15 AM - 12 Noon: Making Retail Work: How to Change the Conversation on the Retail Workforce (Moderator: Tim Phelan, CT) 12 Noon - 1 PM: Lunch 1 PM - 2 PM: Open Forum: This session will give retail industry executives and event sponsors the opportunity to discuss their top legislative priorities heading into 2020. Topics include: Cashless stores, opioid taxes (Moderator: Curtis Picard, ME) 2 PM - 5 PM: Free time 5PM: Board Bus to Cocktail Reception 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM: Cocktail Reception at Cellardoor Winery 6:45 PM: Board Bus to Dinner 7 PM: Dinner at The Lobster Pound, Lincolnville, ME Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7 AM - 9:30 AM: Breakfast 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM: Take It or Leave It: Sick Leave, Family Leave and Scheduling Panelists: David Prestwood, Target; David Vanderwoude, Best Buy, Curtis Barry, Barry Government Relations (Moderator: Cailey Locklair Tolle, MD) 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM: Pay Up: Taxation Issues in the States. (Moderator: Jon Hurst, MA) Panelists: Braden Cox, Amazon; Joe Rinzel, Align Public Strategies; Ben Gilman, Maine State Chamber of Commerce 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM: TOP SECRET! Privacy Issues Emerge (Moderator: Jodi Roth, VA) Panelists: Ben Pearlman, Lowe's; Nick Ahrens, RILA; Paul Martino, NRF 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM: Break 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM: Rank Choice Voting: Will Maine's Experiment Come to Your State  Featured Speaker: Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap (confirmed); Moderator: Curtis Picard 12 Noon: LUNCH Afternoon: Optional Samoset golf outing or boat cruise (additional fee applies) 6 PM: Cocktail reception 7PM: Dinner at the Samoset Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Breakfast 9 AM: State Retail Association Executives Meeting Registration is now OPEN! Executives and state retail association staff: $200 Adult guests / spouse: $150 Children under 16: $100 To reserve your room: Call the Samoset Resort at (800) 341-1650, ask for the Retail Association of Maine room block or reserve your room through this link. Room rates vary from a two Queen, non-view ($199/night), two Queen or one King partial ocean view ($249/night) to a two Queen or deluxe King ocean view ($299/night). All rooms are subject to a $25 per night resort fee and applicable taxes. Unfortunately, due to the busy summer season, our room block rates are only good for the nights of July 14, 15 and 16. Interested in Sponsoring? Contact Curtis Picard at for sponsorship information and levels. How to get to the Samoset: If you are flying, we recommend flying into the Portland Jetport (PWM) or Bangor International Airport (BGR), renting a car and driving to the Samoset. Although it is close to a 2-hour drive from Portland, it will be a picturesque drive up the Maine coast. From Bangor airport, the drive is approximately 90 minutes. There is limited flight service via CapeAir to Knox County Airport (Rockland) from Boston if you are flying JetBlue, see for further details.  From Boston, the drive is approximately 3 1/2 hours. About the Samoset: Perched on 230 waterfront acres overlooking Penobscot Bay, the Samoset Resort is a Maine vacation resort with a rich history that dates back to 1889. Located in the tranquil town of Rockport, Maine just south of Camden, the Samoset has played host to families, celebrities and politicians alike with the signature hospitality that has made us one of New England’s premier luxury resorts.From the moment you arrive at the Samoset, you will enjoy warm, intuitive service along with elegant accommodations, oceanside dining, an 18-hole championship golf course and a seemingly endless variety of activities. Soak up the sun from our spectacular 200,000-gallon "zero entry" pool and multi-tiered deck. Indulge in a little personalized pampering at our seaside Spa and salon. Families planning a vacation in Maine will love the tennis, basketball, disc golf and lawn games at our Ultimate Backyard, along with the fun-filled children’s activities at the Samoset Kids Club. From the exceptional fitness facilities at The Club to our award-winning Golf Course, The Samoset is a year-round destination with something for everyone.

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