Lee Umphrey, former inter-governmental affairs coordinator for the city of Bangor, has assumed EMDC's chief executive officer position.
"Businesses need to work with the university, the community college, the high schools. We all need to do the same thing together," Umphrey said. "So I'm going to try to create a cohesive plan and that we're going to create jobs and keep jobs. And survive as a community."
Umphrey has a long history of political jobs, including communications director for the administration of former Gov. John Baldacci.
EMDC has served eastern Maine for more than 50 years in its effort to find ways to foster economic development.