AUGUSTA — The LePage administration announced two new appointees to the Department of Economic and Community Development today.

Deb Neuman, a radio show host and former director of the Target Technology Incubator at the University of Maine, will serve as deputy commissioner in the department, according to a press release. Neuman will be charged with heading a unit aimed at connecting businesses with state resources and assisting them with problems they encounter.

Denise Garland has been appointed to serve as director of the Office of Business and Community Development. Garland has previously served in the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Secretary of State’s Office. Garland will be responsible for consolidating licensing and permitting for businesses as well as heading the department’s red tape hotline.

George Gervais, who joined DECD in 2008, was recently appointed and confirmed as commissioner of the department.

This post has been updated to reflect when Gervais joined DECD.


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