Rockland hires new community development director
Rockland — City Manager James Smith announced Dec. 31 that John Holden of Winterport will be assuming the duties of the community development director.
"John brings more than 20 years of knowledge and experience in working with community and economic development," Smith said in an email message. "He holds a masters degree in Community Economic Development from the University of Maine and a bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
His first day on the job will be Jan. 14.
Holden most recently worked for Eaton Peabody Consulting Group in Augusta and previously worked for USDA Rural Development in Lewiston.
"John brings expertise in tax incremental financing, downtown plans and business attraction and retention," Smith said. "He has worked in tourism development and promotion as well as event and organizational development. John has served on a number local and regional boards and committees both as a facilitator and as a member."
Holden will replace former Community Development Director Audrey Lovering, who resigned in October.