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

Deb Neuman, a radio show host and former director of the Target Technology Incubator at the University of Maine, will be deputy commissioner in the department, according to a press release. Neuman will lead a unit that aims to connect businesses with state resources and help them with problems they encounter.

Denise Garland has been appointed director of the Office of Business and Community Development. Garland served previously 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 and heading the department’s red tape hotline.

George Gervais, who joined the Department of Economic and Community Development in 2008, was recently appointed and confirmed as commissioner of the department.

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