Brian Hodges, the acting deputy commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, will speak at the Camden Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. on the theme of “Is Maine Going Anywhere?”

The library is hosting a series of speakers during January, and has received a strong public response to speakers such as Dan Bookham and Hannah Pingree. Hodges, before taking his current post, was the director of tax incentive programs for the state and also in charge of Pine Tree Zone certification.

The Department of Economic and Community Development serves as the umbrella organization for the offices of Tourism, Business Development, the International Trade Center, Community Development, Film and Innovation and Science. In addition, the department runs the Maine Made program, which is recognized worldwide for its quality and integrity.

“These offices are responsible for much of the job creation throughout the state; from trade missions to block grants, our economic development programs provide the foundation for businesses to grow and help attract visitors to our beautiful state,” said Commissioner Thaxter Trafton in a news release.

Hodges is the final speaker in the “Is Maine Going Anywhere” series. For more information visit librarycamden.org.