Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 9am
Business Innovation –
Named for Maine’s premiere entrepreneur and innovator, the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation has been established to spur economic vitality in Central Maine by nurturing the very talent that will assist in the creation of both jobs and wealth for the area.
The institute provides the platforms from which instruction, training, events, mentoring, and access to talent are all made available within the context of entrepreneurship and innovation. This is done through the programming and offering for both:
A native of Waterville, Mike has spent 22 years of his career in economic and community development positions within the State of Maine. His first appointment was with the State of Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, where he worked closely with municipalities and businesses on workforce development, business retention and business expansion projects. As one of three Business Development Specialists, Mike found himself working on some of the State’s premiere development projects such as the Pineland redevelopment initiative.
Mike then moved on to run a private non-profit development organization, Mid-Coast Council for Business Development, where he worked in regional economic development for Bath, Brunswick and Topsham and laid the groundwork for the area to become recognized by the Economic Development Administration as an Economic Development District.
Mike continued his career in economic development by becoming the Director of Development Services for the City of Augusta where he was fortunate to be part of the City’s latest renaissance and expansion including the development of the regional hospital, interstate exchange, Augusta Crossing retail center, deconstruction of the former American Tissue Mill, redevelopment of the Inn at City Hall, the Cony Flatiron, the LEED certified Hannaford’s and other signature developments. In his 13 years with the City, Mike also had responsibility for overseeing the State Airport, facilities, code enforcement, engineering and community development.
In 2012, Mike became the first employee of Summit Natural Gas of Maine, LLC and was responsible for acquiring the anchor commercial customers needed in order to launch the company. He also oversaw the company’s sales and development division, as well as being responsible for identifying where the company installed it’s distribution infrastructure within Maine. In his role with Summit, Mike would become the company’s spokesperson and would interact with all host communities.
Mike graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Community Development. He joined Thomas College in November of 2016.