Maine’s prime business advocate will step down from the state chamber of commerce by the year’s close.
Dana Connors has helmed the Maine Point out Chamber of Commerce as president for approximately 30 yrs, advocating on behalf of the state’s small business local community.
“After practically 30 several years with the Maine State Chamber and a job spanning more than 50 years — all of it suitable listed here in Maine — the final decision to retire from the Maine Condition Chamber of Commerce was very hard. It has been a tremendous honor and pleasure to serve Maine and Maine’s business enterprise local community at this stage for this extensive,” Connors explained Monday in announcing his approaching departure.
The Aroostook County indigenous graduated from the College of Maine in Orono in 1965. Not very long after graduating, Connors was hired as Presque Isle’s metropolis supervisor, a position he held for 16 years.
He afterwards served as transportation commissioner beneath Govs. Joseph Brennan and John “Jock” McKernan. Connors also held post as the changeover director below Gov. Angus King ahead of signing up for the chamber of commerce in 1994.
Connors was later on picked to serve on Gov. Janet Mills’ financial restoration committee, which came up with policies to stabilize Maine’s financial system immediately after the COVID-19 pandemic brought small business to a standstill.
Clif Greim, the chair of the chamber of commerce’s board of administrators and the president of Frosty Hill Consulting in Auburn, known as Connors a “great example” of leadership and represented the organization’s customers well.
“Dana’s leadership has served us all effectively and has also permitted him to appeal to and assemble an fantastic advocacy group and chamber workers. Dana is observed as a useful useful resource for legislators and administrations. His beneficial effect on this State and our collective pursuits are so very appreciated,” Griem claimed.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills applauded Connors for his tireless work to help Maine’s enterprise local community and to increase the state’s economic system.
“For additional than fifty years, Dana Connors has committed his lifetime to creating Maine the very best area to dwell, perform, and start off and grow a enterprise. His advocacy on behalf of Maine’s business enterprise neighborhood, and his earlier assistance in condition and area authorities, has performed a critical purpose in building our financial state more robust,” Mills reported.
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