On Wednesday, February 5 th , the Executive Committee voted to accept the recommendation of the Search Committee in hiring John Shea, replacing Christopher Winstead as Executive Director.

Prior to joining the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council in March 2019, Mr. Shea most recently served as Executive Director of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) in Middletown Rhode Island. John came to the AIPC in 2018 from New Hampshire, where he led a fiscal policy think-tank in Concord. John also served as Head of Policy and Economic Advisor to the Government in the Falkland Islands, and owned his own company formed to promote foreign investment in the New England clean-energy and high-technology sectors.

But the bulk of John’s career has been spent at the New England Governors’ Conference, Inc.
(NEGC), a regional governors’ policy institute focused on economic development, energy,
environmental issues and conservation. John held several positions while at the NEGC, most
recently as its Executive Director. While at the NEGC, John led the development of the world’s
first multi-jurisdictional, international climate-change action-plan, and a regional mercury
program that has served as a model for similar efforts throughout the world.

John was born in Brooklyn, New York, and holds degrees in Economics and Sovietology. Says
Shea, “I am incredibly excited to be offered the opportunity to join the Piscataquis County
Economic Development Council and continue the great work of the Council’s outgoing
Executive Director, Chris Winstead, and the Council’s Board and staff, and  look forward to
engaging with the County’s towns, businesses, NGOs and residents to build a better and more
prosperous future for all constituencies in Piscataquis County.”

PCEDC Board President, Denise Buzzelli, said: “The Board of Directors knew that finding a
new ED for the organization would be a tall-task after having worked with Christopher over the
past five years. We feel incredibly fortunate to have found Mr. Shea and collectively believe he
brings with him the experience, skills, drive, and passion needed to continue the good work Chris
has accomplished, and advance the organization as we continue to invest in and build
Piscataquis County far into the future.”

Though Mr. Shea is from out of state, he is no stranger to rural communities and understands the
challenges they face. Says Shea: “Like many rural communities around the country, Piscataquis
County is confronted with the challenges of maintaining economic opportunity for its residents
while keeping the County a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.  But working together we can build a stronger, more vibrant community that allows people of all ages and
backgrounds to stay in Piscataquis County and prosper, and attracts new residents to join our wonderful region.”

The Executive Committee invites you to join us and meet John Shea at our March Quarterly on
the 16th. For details on our quarterly, please check our Facebook page.

Posted on:   February 12, 2020

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