New state economist named

Posted June 15, 2011, at 6:48 p.m.
Last modified June 16, 2011, at 7:18 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A staffer with the State Planning Office has been named the new state economist.

Amanda Rector, 29, joined the office in 2007, according to a release sent out Wednesday by Darryl Brown, director of the State Planning Office. Prior to that, she was an economic research analyst with the Maine Department of Labor.

Rector replaces State Economist Michael LeVert, who left to join Delhaize America as an economist tracking commodity markets and economic trends.

Rector, of Union, has an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from the Muskie School of Public Service.

“The combination of Amanda’s education, her experience, and, most importantly, her commitment to a more vibrant Maine economy through job retention and creation made her the best choice to take on this important responsibility at this pivotal point in Maine’s history,” said Brown, who named Rector to the position. “Both her direction and her data will be critical in helping our state leaders chart a stronger and more sustainable economic course for the future, a top priority of Gov. Paul LePage.”

As state economist, Rector will analyze the Maine economy to aid in planning and policy and will work on projects with the governor’s office, the Legislature and other state agencies. She is also the governor’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau, according to the release, oversees the State Data Center and is a member of the Revenue Forecasting Commission.

“As the economy rebounds from the recession and the aging of the population accelerates, it is more important than ever to produce policies that result in meaningful job growth and investment in our state while maintaining the precious quality of life that keeps and attracts people to Maine,” said Rector in the release.

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