About Us

Senior Staff

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Denise Garland,
Deputy Commissioner,

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Victoria Foley
Legislative Affairs and Communications

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Steve Lyons,
Director of Tourism and Film,

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Wade Merritt,
President of the Maine International Trade Center,

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Brian Whitney,
Director of the Maine Technology Institute,

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Carolann Ouellette,
Director, Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation,


Deborah Johnson,
Director of Community Development,

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Charlotte Mace,
Director, Maine Office of Business Development,

Phoenix McLaughlin

Phoenix McLaughlin,
Director of Strategy Implementation,

Business Funding. Community Development. Tourism & Film. Maine Branding. International Trade.

At DECD, we are more than two dozen experts whose broad mission is to help communities and businesses prosper through a variety of programs providing everything from targeted tax relief to community block grants to tourism marketing. Whether your business wants to make a film here, bring a Maine-made product to market, expand an aquaculture project, or explore financing when moving a business to our state, our experienced staff can help.

DECD and its partners show companies how to benefit from millions of dollars in tax credits, reimbursements, R & D credits, capital loans, even direct investment. Every year, we help Maine communities attract jobs and grow their infrastructure with unique financing programs.