Camden Development Director submits resignation
Camden — The town of Camden announced Aug. 21 that Brian Hodges has submitted his resignation as Development Director to accept a position in the private sector. Hodges came to Camden in March 2011 as the first Development Director in Camden. The position was created in early 2011 to stimulate business growth and community development. Prior to joining the town, Hodges had served as the Deputy Commissioner of the State Department of Economic and Community Development.
“During his 3½ years with the Town, Brian has worked tirelessly with business people, citizens, and elected officials to strengthen Camden’s business climate,” stated Camden Town Manager Patricia Finnigan. “Brian’s ability to forge working relationships with citizens and businesses has resulted in a long list of accomplishments that will bring long-term benefits to the community.”
Camden established the new position of development director to strengthen Camden’s profile as a great place to do business, and to work with existing businesses to help them thrive. During his tenure, Hodges secured more than $1million in grants to fund several significant community improvements, including the Route 1 sidewalk and the public landing project which includes a fishermen’s hoist. He advised numerous start-up businesses, as well as existing businesses regarding ways to increase their customer base. When Tibbetts-Intricon was sold and its future was uncertain, Hodges worked with the new owner to understand the benefits of keeping the business in Camden rather than move out of state.
Hodges led several community development initiatives that engaged hundreds of citizens and resulted in the downtown, Riverwalk, and Public Landing Master Plans. This work led to Camden being certified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a Downtown Network Community, and being designated as an ACE community (Active Community Environment) intended to promote Camden’s healthy and active lifestyle. He helped expand the shade tree program with 50 new street trees being planted throughout the community. He also was instrumental in new marketing initiatives intended to attract visitors, businesses, and new residents to Camden including having Camden selected as the location for the 2015 Real Maine Wedding of the Year, increasing visits by the motorcoach and cruise industries, and gaining national recognition for Camden as one of the Top 10 Coolest Small Town in the U.S.
“I’ve greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve the citizens and businesses of Camden these past 3½ years and considered it a privilege to be Camden’s Development Director,” Hodges said. “Thanks to the enthusiastic response from elected officials, colleagues, committee members, business owners, and citizens we have been able to accomplish many community goals. This is a testament to what a remarkable community Camden is.”