*UPDATE* 5/21 6 a.m. – Zuckerberg and his wife visited the Katahdin region Saturday, hiking the Appalachian Trail around Mt. Katahdin while meeting with locals in Millinocket.
In a Facebook post Saturday, Zuckerberg touched upon the area's transformation — from the home of prosperous, booming pulp and paper mills, providing economic stability for nearly a century, to a community searching for revival and a promising future.
"Millinocket was literally built around a paper mill," Zuckerberg wrote. "The mill company supported the schools, built homes for workers, and at the end of the day took care of everyone."'
Due to cheaper trade options and technology advancements in alternative lumber resources, mills were closed and thousands of jobs were lost.
"… as a result of having such stable opportunities, the people we met told us they worry the region lacks the entrepreneurial spirit it needs to revitalize the economy," Zuckerberg wrote. "One teacher told us his biggest challenge was to get his students to see what the new kinds of opportunities might even look like."
Undeterred, Millinocket appears hopeful and confident to find a solution, and Zuckerberg recognized this while there.
"Despite all the challenges, I was struck by their commitment to rebuild their community," Zuckerberg wrote. "They love their community and they're optimistic they can build new industries not cutting down the forests, but leaving them standing and creating tourism from the natural beauty."
During his recent travels to different states, Zuckerberg said he's been thinking about common themes in the issues Americans are facing. He plans to post his reflections sometime this week.
The couple had their anniversary dinner Friday in Bangor but, as Zuckerberg said in a reply to a Facebook post comment, "missed the Duck of Justice on this trip." The Fiddlehead Restaurant on Hammond Street was reportedly the establishment chosen.
(NEWS CENTER) — Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are spending their five-year wedding anniversary honeymoon in rural Maine.
"Some years we've gone to Japan or France," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post Friday. "This year we're traveling the US and we'll be spending our honeymoon in rural Maine."
So why the honeymoon five years later? Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's wedding on May 19, 2012, wasn't exactly traditional – perhaps partially expected for the boss of a $435 billion social media corporation.
In an effort to keep things low key, Zuckerberg made the wedding a surprise, disguising the occasion as a celebration for Priscilla's graduation from medical school. But, as Zuckerberg explains, "one side effect of having a surprise wedding is that Facebook's CFO who was managing our IPO process had no idea we were getting married."
Facebook's IPO process was scheduled to conclude on May 18, a day before the planned wedding. Zuckerberg discussed with his CFO the possibility of the date being switched but, unfortunately, was told "it would be ready so it needed to be that day" — thus, the couple tied the knot the day after and, of course, had their honeymoon cut short so Zuckerberg could be with his team post-IPO "when things got rocky."
Zuckerberg later promised Priscilla that every year, the newlyweds would have a honeymoon to celebrate their marriage.
"One lesson I've learned from marriage is that exploring together just gets better over time," Zuckerberg wrote. "Priscilla, here's to a great sixth year of marriage and perhaps some better planning in the future!"
Zuckerberg did not hint at where the couple would be spending time — and considering Maine topped 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data as the most "rural" state in the U.S., with 61.3 percent of the population living in "rural" areas, they could virtually be anywhere.
Enjoy your stay in the Pine Tree State, Mark and Priscilla!