George Gervais Selected by Governor LePage to Head Department of Community and Economic Development

May 23, 2011

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 23, 2011 Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage nominated today George Gervais as Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Gervais, of Hampden, has served as Assistant Commissioner, Development Program Manager and Business Development Specialist within DECD since 2008. Gervais has served as Acting Commissioner since April.

“The resources within the Department of Economic and Community Development are an asset to individuals and businesses throughout Maine, and George understands the positive role government can play in improving Maine’s economic growth,” Governor LePage said. “George has gone above and beyond as Acting Commissioner demonstrating his ability to connect with job creators and I am confident he will continue to serve our State well.”

Prior to joining the Department of Economic and Community Development, Gervais served as senior loan officer at Carteret Mortgage Corp. and Dedicated Mortgage Associates, LLC. He also founded Grill Concepts, Inc., and EVO, Inc. Gervais has his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine Orono.

“I am honored and humbled by Governor LePage’s confidence in me to lead the Department of Economic and Community Development,” offered George Gervais. “DECD is committed to help job creators thrive and prosper and it’s important for all of us to understand the challenges that face businesses. I look forward to working with the public and private sector with the common goal of creating opportunity for all Mainers.”

The Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development must review the Governor’s nomination and must then be confirmed by the full Senate.