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Governor LePage Thanks Commissioner Gervais for His Service
June 12, 2018
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA—Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner George Gervais will step down effective June 22, 2018.
"Under George's leadership we have seen our economy grow," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "George has worked collaboratively across departments to increase trade and tourism with tremendous success. I thank him for his service to the people of Maine."
Commissioner Gervais has worked alongside Governor LePage as head of DECD since the early days of the LePage Administration and is the longest-serving DECD commissioner in state history.
"I deeply appreciate the opportunities and relationships developed over the last decade at DECD," said Commissioner George Gervais. "I am especially grateful to Governor LePage for the trust and confidence he placed in me as commissioner to help the LePage Administration position Maine as being open for business."
Under Gervais's leadership, the state has aggressively expanded its reach across the globe—opening new markets for Maine businesses and strengthening relationships leading to new investments in several Maine companies.
Since 2011, DECD has certified close to 200 Maine businesses in the Pine Tree Development Zone program—Maine's go-to program for incentivizing new private investment and job creation. These businesses have created more than 8,000 new jobs with a payroll of more than $1.4 billion and new private investment totaling more than $1.5 billion.
Commissioner Gervais played an integral role in improving Maine's overall economic competitiveness and improving various partnerships with the private sector. Gervais implemented the Business Friendly Communities program and expanded Business Answers—state government's one-stop-shop for information on state licenses and permits. During his tenure, Maine's successful and aggressive tourism marketing campaign has generated average annual increases in tourism visitation of approximately 5 percent every year since 2011.
Upon the completion of Commissioner Gervais's service, Governor LePage will appoint Denise Garland, DECD's deputy commissioner, as acting commissioner.