Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Staci Coomer has been elected to the Midcoast Economic Development District Board of Directors and will serve as chairwoman of the Partnerships Committee, according to a press release.

"Supporting the work of economic development and tourism in our region is a key role for the chamber, and connecting to groups that are helping to lead these efforts is important," Coomer said in an email.

Coomer said joining this board helps connect the chamber with efforts to promote economic opportunity and development in the larger Midcoast region. The Midcoast Economic Development District serves all of Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox Counties, the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell in Cumberland County, and the towns of Lincolnville, Searsmont, Belmont and Northport in Waldo County.

"As the only chamber rep currently on the board, I am able to bring the perspective of our members to the discussions," she said. "It is a great opportunity to connect with regional municipal leaders on the board and be aware of what efforts are being worked on to enhance our local communities and region."

The board develops a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, according to its website. The organization partners with communities, businesses, non-profits and other regional development organizations to support the delivery of economic and community development programs and services.

She said the work of the partnership committee is important.

"The purpose of the partnerships committee is to explore the opportunities that exist to work with groups outside of MCEDD and the traditional municipal relationships that are focused on economic development opportunities regionally," she said.

Last month, Coomer was appointed president of the Midcoast Chamber Council for the 2014 fiscal year.

Coomer took over as executive director at the chamber in October, replacing Dan Bookham.

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