Mitchell to keynote LAEGC meeting

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LEWISTON – Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell will be keynote speaker for the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council’s 25th anniversary annual dinner and business forum on Wednesday, April 26, at the Bates College Gray Athletic Building.

The dinner will celebrate 25 years of Lewiston-Auburn’s economic development successes with an audiovisual retrospective. Gov. John Baldacci will deliver welcoming remarks, and other special guests are slated to speak.

Mitchell entered the U.S. Senate in 1980 when he was appointed to complete the unexpired term of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, who resigned to become secretary of state. In his 1988 campaign, Sen. Mitchell was reelected with 81 percent of the vote, the largest margin in Maine history. In January 1989, he became Senate majority leader until he left the Senate in 1995.

In 1996, the governments of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland asked Mitchell to chair the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. Mitchell led the negotiations for two years, work that ultimately resulted in a historic accord that ended decades of conflict. He has received awards and honors recognizing his service in the peace talks. These include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor the U.S. government can give; the Philadelphia Liberty Medal; the Truman Institute Peace Prize; the German Peace Prize; and the United Nations Peace Prize.

Mitchell also serves as chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Co. and serves on the board of Staples Inc. He was recently tapped to oversee an investigation into performance-enhancing drug use among Major League Baseball team players.

For more information, contact the Growth Council at 784-0161, or download a registration form on line at www.economicgrowth.org.

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