DOVER-FOXCROFT-The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC), a countywide organization whose goal is to stimulate long-term sustainable economic development and growth in Piscataquis County, held its annual meeting on Monday, December 8th. The event was hosted by Mayo Regional Hospital at their Resource Center in Dover-Foxcroft.
Laurie Lachance, President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, was the keynote speaker. Her presentation was entitled "Finding Opportunities in Our Economic Challenges," where she provided an analysis of various economic trends, how Piscataquis County's economy has been faring relative to the State of Maine's, New England's, and the United States', along with ideas on how it might be improved.
The PCEDC Board of Directors elected the following Officers for 2009: John Simko, Greenville Town Manager and a resident of Greenville, was elected President; Sophia Wilson, Brownville Town Manager and a resident of Dover-Foxcroft, was elected Vice President; Heather Perry, Superintendent of Schools for Union 60 and a resident of Shirley, was elected Secretary. Linda Gilbert, Senior Vice President, Regional Retail Manager of Camden National Bank and a resident of Sangerville, was elected Treasurer; and Jack Clukey, Dover-Foxcroft Town Manager and a resident of Dover-Foxcroft; was elected Past President.
In addition, the following individuals were elected to the 2009 Executive Committee: Jeff Gahagan, Milo Town Manager; Scott Hersey, General Manager of Greenville Steam Company; Gordon MacKinney; resident of Dover-Foxcroft; James Macomber, Microenterprise Consultant for MaineStream Finance; Theresa Mudgett, Senior Plan Manager for the Training and Development Corporation; Russ Page, Executive Director for the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce; Steven Pound, Associate Director of the Cianbro Institute for Career Development Alliances; Merlene Sanborn, Director of the Penquis Higher Education Center; and Paul Stearns, Superintendent of Schools for MSAD 4.
Erik Stumpfel was also recognized for his leadership as the 2008 PCEDC President, and Sherry French, Office Manager for WDME Radio in Dover-Foxcroft and a Guilford resident, was presented with the 6th annual Warren "Pete" Myrick Community Service Award. The organization's 2008 corporate contributors were also honored at the meeting by PCEDC Treasurer Linda Gilbert. Incoming PCEDC President John Simko closed the ceremonies by presenting his suggestions for strengthening the organization going forward in 2009.
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