STAFFORD SELECTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Stafford County Administrator Thomas C. Foley announces the selection of John P. Holden as the County’s next Economic Development Director. Holden comes to Stafford from Combined Management, Inc. He has extensive experience over the last 20 years in economic development and business development across the State of Maine.
“One of the key requirements for the Director of Economic Development position is the ability to create and foster relationships – via networking and collaboration. This is one of the most valuable strengths that John brings to Stafford County,” Foley said. “He has extensive experience with all aspects of economic development, making him ideal for the position. We look forward to his leadership in establishing a clear direction for the future.”
“Our goal is to draw a diverse range of businesses to Stafford to both expand job opportunities for citizens as well as expand our business base,” said Meg Bohmke, Chairman of Stafford County Board of Supervisors. “The leadership of our Department of Economic Development is crucial to achieving those goals.”
Staff conducted a national search to fill the position after the departure of Economic Development Director Bruce Register last year. Rick Cobert, of Economic Development, has been serving as the Interim Director.
“Stafford County has seen significant economic growth over the last decade and has more great things on the horizon, including the development of Downtown Stafford,” said Holden. “I am excited to be a part of the County’s efforts, and I look forward to being a part of the future.”
Before his work with Combined Management, Holden served as the President of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council, helping to organize and design the Economic Growth Strategy for the community. His responsibilities also included serving as Executive Director for three additional nonprofit development organizations associated with the Council. He was also the Community Economic Development Director for the City of Rockland, Maine, focusing on attracting businesses to the downtown area as well as negotiating tax increment financing and arranging micro-loans for businesses.
Holden holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University in Environmental Sciences. He has a Master of Science in Community Economics from the University of Maine. Holden serves on multiple boards of organizations including the Acadia Capital Corporation, the Bangor and American Folk Festival and the Economic Development Council of Maine.