Brewer’s Pereira crosses river for Bangor job

Posted March 07, 2011, at 12:20 p.m.
Last modified March 08, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.
Tanya Pereira
Tanya Pereira

BANGOR, Maine — Few people in the Greater Bangor civic community can match Tanya Pereira’s energy.

In the five years she’s been in Brewer’s economic development office and the five years before that she spent with Eastern Maine Development Corp., Pereira has brought a spark to everything she’s touched.

Now, the 34-year-old will take her talents across the Penobscot River to Bangor.

Pereira was hired Monday to fill a new position as business development specialist for the city of Bangor. Her job will be to market Bangor to the business and economic development world and also to communicate with the public about the city’s many initiatives.

“This position gives me a tremendous professional opportunity to move to a larger community and bring the talents and skills I’ve learned over the last 10 years,” she said in an interview Monday. “I see my role as to complement what Bangor’s economic development staff is already doing.”

City councilors on both sides of the river were notified of the decision Monday morning. Pereira, who will earn $61,466 annually plus benefits, will start in Bangor on April 4.

Bangor Councilor Cary Weston, who chairs the economic development committee, said Pereira is exactly what the city needs.

“We have an economic development team with a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge. What we needed was a constant communicator; someone who can be a liaison between the city and the business community; someone who can bring new energy and new ideas to Bangor,” Weston said.

Pereira was selected ahead of 42 other applications, according to Bangor City Manager Catherine Conlow.

“We are extremely excited to have her come on board,” Conlow said.

Pereira and her current boss, Brewer economic development director D’arcy Main-Boyington, were known as the “dynamic duo” for their tireless efforts to boost business in Brewer. Main-Boyington wished her colleague well and said the new role should strengthen the relationship between the cities.

“It has been a pleasure working with Tanya over the last five years,” she said in an e-mail to councilors. “Tanya is ready to take the next step in her career and it is my hope and belief that this professional move will only enhance Brewer’s longstanding cooperative relationship with the City of Bangor’s economic development office.”

Pereira, who lives in Hampden, said timing played a big role in her decision to take the position in Bangor.

“I’ve seen a lot of great things happening in Bangor over the last year or so,” she said. “Certainly the arena project represents an interesting opportunity.”

Weston said that if voters approved the arena project in May, which he believes they will, it will become the anchor of Bangor’s economic development future.

Pereira has been active in a number of different civic organizations in Greater Bangor, including Fusion:Bangor.

She also sits on the board of directors for SAD 22.

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