New community development director sees 'great assets' of city

By Juliette Laaka | Jan 16, 2013
Photo by: Juliette Laaka Rockland Community Development Director John Holden started the position Jan. 14.

Rockland — Jan. 14 was John Holden's first day as community development director for the city of Rockland.

Holden said his first two days on the job have been spent getting to know the city and familiarizing himself with local businesses and projects currently under way.

"Rockland is a great city with great opportunities," he said, adding that the city's assets — from the harbor to the downtown are 'tremendous.'"

Holden, originally from Ohio, has lived in Maine for 20 years, starting his first job in the state as a trail builder for Baxter State Park. He later attended graduate school at the University of Maine.

A resident of Winterport, Holden said he plans to relocate to the area.

Holden said he will build upon Rockland's resources and look for improvement opportunities through business development.

Before accepting the Rockland position, Holden worked as an economic development consultant for Eaton Peabody Consulting Group, working throughout the state and eastern Canada.

Holden said he is looking forward to bringing his vision and ideas forward with the appropriate groups.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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