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Panel of Economic Experts to speak at Machias Chamber’s Eggs and Issues

Posted Nov. 05, 2013, at 2:25 p.m.

Machias, Maine — Three noted experts will address the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s question: “Washington County Advocacy: Whose job is it?” at the monthly Eggs and Issues forum in November. The event is set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Helen’s restaurant. The speakers will be Harold Clossey, Susan Corbett and Betsy Fitzgerald.

Since 2006, Harold Clossey has been the executive director of the Sunrise County Economic Council, which just celebrated 20 years of serving Washington County as a leader in business, economic and community development. Harold received a Small Business Management degree from Washington County Community College in 2000, and has spent more than a decade working in rural economic development throughout Washington County and the state and has garnered many awards for his work. He is a Washington County native, US Navy veteran and resides in Robbinston with his wife, Heather.

Susan Corbett is the owner and CEO of Axiom Technologies, a telecommunications and information technology company headquartered in Machias. Founded in 2005. Axiom has brought high-speed Internet service to Washington County with over 90 Access Points, creating an umbrella of coverage over 2,500 square miles.

Susan is a 2010 MaineBiz “Women to Watch” awardee, was recognized by Bangor Daily News as “1 of 11 People to Watch in 2011,” as well as many other state and national awards. Axiom was awarded a $1.4 million BTOP grant award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in September 2010 for the “Washington County Education and Employment through Sustainable Broadband Adoption” Project that is providing educational and employment opportunities for farmers, fishermen and nursing.

Betsy Fitzgerald became the Washington County manager in 2010 after four years as town manager in Machias. She previously was a code enforcement officer for Vassalboro and Benton.

Fitzgerald grew up in Machiasport and graduated from Washington Academy and the University of Maine at Machias. She taught at Erskine Academy, Maine’s second-largest public-private school, in South China near Augusta, for 33 years. She retired in 2005 and turned to code enforcement and government work.

She also obtained a master’s degree in public policy through the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

The event is open to the public and each guest is responsible for their own breakfast. For more information, contact the Machias Bay Area Chamber at 255.4402 or sharon@machiaschamber.org.

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