Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Shanna Cox shows off the new Explore + Discover guidebook in downtown Lewiston earlier this week. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

This week the Buzz is visually celebrating L-A, furiously checking email and owning up to dinging that car down the road.

First up: The new Explore + Discover guidebook.

President Shanna Cox debuted it at the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce annual awards last week by saying the new book is the first print campaign of its kind that the chamber has done in nearly five years.

“It is part visitor guide, part relocation guide and completely stunning,” she said. “It is graphic, it is bright and it showcases all of the assets of our full region.”

It’s also getting a very warm reception: Requests for free copies came from as far away as California the first day a website mirroring the guide’s content — Discoverlamaine.com — went live.

“(The website) has been optimized for search and it will be promoted to the Zip codes that are most searching real estate in our region,” Cox said. “And it is a link that you can share to your customers, your staff, your friends, your family, that summer wedding and out-of-town guests. Most importantly, it is a website that shows all of the reasons that you and I are proud to work, live and play in Androscoggin County.”

As of Tuesday, Cox said the chamber had received bulk requests for nearly 7,000 guides, most of those headed to three large employers who plan on using them for recruitment, as well as an additional 350 requests from individuals living in states that include Nebraska, Alabama, Georgia and New York.

MAINE, WE MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM

Mainers check their emails an average 35 times a day, according to a new survey by TaskHusky.

That’s more than twice the national average and the highest number in the country.

The survey says it found 76% percent of people here check their email when they’re bored, 72% on vacation and 68% after work hours.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Washington state, checking email an average 9.1 times a day.

BUT AT LEAST WE’RE HONEST

Another survey, this one by Gunther Volvo Cars Delray Beach, found 89% of Maine drivers would admit it if they’d scratched or dented someone’s car while driving, the fourth highest percentage in the country.

Calling it the honesty index, Arkansas and Utah tied for tops at 91% and South Dakota and Tennessee drove to the bottom at 54%.

Quick hits about business comings, goings and happenings. Have a Buzzable tip? Contact staff writer Kathryn Skelton at 689-2844 or [email protected]


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