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Commissioner Heather Johnson: Issues Facing Maine's Department of Economic & Community Development


Commissioner Heather Johnson joins us to discuss the economic challenges and opportunities facing Maine, and how she hopes to foster growth and revitalization throughout the state.. We'll talk about topics ranging from: tax relief to community block grants; re-energizing rural communities; the role of tourism in Maine; challenges in housing, wages, and strengthening the workforce; broadband, infrastructure, and more.


Heather Johnson, commissioner, Maine Department of Economic and Community Developoment. Johnson oversees more than two dozen experts across several bureaus whose mission is to help communities and businesses prosper. She has more than 25 years of experience in both the private and public realms. She was formerly director of the ConnectME Authority, where she focused on expanding access to and increasing adoption of broadband connectivity in Maine.

Michael Madore (by phone), town councilor, Millinocket

Betsy Biemann (by phone), CEO, Coastal Enterprises Inc.


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