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Governor Names Creative Economy Council Members

Location: Augusta, ME

Governor Names Creative Economy Council Members

Governor Baldacci named the membership of his new Creative Economy Council today. The Governor created the council by Executive Order following his State of the State Address. The council's purpose is to advise, support and advance public and private initiatives building Maine's Creative Economy. The council is made up of a statewide slate of advisors drawn from technology companies, universities, Native American tribes, arts institutions, venture capital firms, design firms, and more.

"As we transition Maine's economy, we are focused on the future - the world of small business start-ups and artists who are transforming Maine communities," said the Governor. "This new council lines up some of Maine's largest employers and financiers alongside young entrepreneurs and artists. We are tapping into the explosive potential to transform our thinking on economic development and the future of Maine."

"I'm honored to have the Legislative Co-chairs at the table. Senator Cowger and Representative Eder will act as liaisons between the Council and all Legislators as we build tomorrow's economy," commented Governor Baldacci.

Maine Creative Economy Council

John Rohman, WBRC Architects, Bangor
Jeff Sosnaud, DECD, Augusta Legislature's Co-chairs
Representative John Eder of Portland
Senator Scott Cowger of Kennebec County

Other Members

Rebecca Conrad, Rysen, Lewiston
Jill Goldthwait, Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor
Sheridan Kelly, Knife-Edge Productions, Orono
Dana Hutchins, Image Works, Portland
Tracy Michaud Stutzman, Highlands Guild, Dover-Foxcroft
Avrum Vinick, Waterville Main Street, Waterville
Lucinda Yates, Designs by Lucinda, Portland
Hank Schmelzer, Maine Community Foundation, Ellsworth
Tom Platz, Platz Associates, Architects, Lewiston
Oliver Wilder, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport
Sheila Jans, Quebec-Labrador Foundation, Madawaska
Stuart Kestenbaum, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle
Susan Hammond, Four Directions Development, Indian Island
Diane Sammer, Maine Angels, Harpswell
Jessica Tomlinson, Maine College of Art, Portland
Virginia Gibson, UMaine School of Business, Orono
Howard Solomon, University of Southern Maine, Bowdoinham
Chris Houle, Quantrix, Portland
Alden Wilson, Maine Arts Commission, Augusta
Bob Daigle, Camden National, Camden Jim Dowe, Bangor Savings, Bangor
Jean Maginnis, Swardlick Marketing, Portland
Martin Wilk, Eaton Peabody, Brunswick

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