CAMDEN, Maine — Brian Hodges, Camden development director, has been elected vice president for the Mid Coast Economic Development District.
Hodges was first appointed to its Board of Directors in June 2011 and was unanimously selected by the Board at its September 27th meeting to fill this leadership position. Other officers that were re-elected to continue in their roles were Roger Moody, Knox County Commissioner, MCEDD President, Betty Johnson, Waldo County Commissioner, MCEDD Secretary and Bill Post, Bowdoinham Town Manager, MCEDD Treasurer.
MCEDD is one of Maine’s seven economic development districts approved by the US Department of Commerce and recognized by Maine State Government as playing a vital role in supporting economic growth. MCEDD serves all of Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox Counties, the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell in Cumberland County and the towns of Lincolnville, Searsmont, Belmont and Northport in Waldo County.
“I am extremely honored to receive this vote of confidence from my peers across the midcoast district. MCEDD plays a very important role in ensuring that both communities and businesses are supported from a regional perspective and I look forward to furthering the efforts already underway”, stated Hodgse in a press release.
MCEDD is charged with developing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that brings together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies. The CEDS analyzes the regional economy and serves as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, developing and implementing a regional plan of action, and identifying investment priorities and funding sources. MCEDD recently completed its CEDS by incorporating the Mobilize Maine approach of asset identification unique to the midcoast.
“Brian has brought a tremendous amount of expertise and support to MCEDD through his broad professional network and career. He helped to launch our newly designed website, lobbied for the expansion of an existing loan program that now services the entire MCEDD region, and was a co-chair of the recently completed CEDS” stated Roger Moody, President of MCEDD.
Hodges was selected to fill Camden’s newly created position of Development Director in March 2011 after a successful 20 year career in Maine State Government. Since arriving in Camden, he has led the creation of a downtown master plan, obtained designation for Camden as a Downtown Network Community through the Maine Downtown Center, and obtained nearly $1 million in grant funds supporting a number of community initiatives. He serves on the Board of Coastal Counties Workforce Inc., is the Camden representative to the Midcoast Transit Committee, and serves on the Maine Department of Transportation’s statewide Strategic Planning Transit Committee as endorsed by the Maine State Legislature.
For more information about MCEDD, visit www.maineopportunitycoast.com