Starting next month Kristina Egan takes over the reins from Neal. Kristina is a powerhouse – a Freeport Town Councilor, a project manager for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and an experienced CoG veteran. Kristina comes to GPCoG in the exact moment when her focus on growth, regionalism and sustainability is most needed. We’ll have much to discuss, and much to do, working together in the years ahead as our region meets the demographic and economic challenges we all face.
Jen Hutchins has been the leader of Creative Portland since its inception six years ago. Who was the first person to take on the need to bring more knowledge worker to our region? Jen. Who worked to support the Portland creative economy? Jen. Who found ways to tap our talent, imagination and innovation on a shoestring budget? Jen. Jennifer Hutchins has built Creative Portland into an important partner for the City of Portland and the entire region. As the Board of Creative Portland launches its search for a successor, we all look forward to continuing the partnerships that Jen so expertly forged.
The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce does not work alone. Our success depends on strong, effective partnerships with municipal, non-profit and private sector leaders. As leadership changes at GPCoG and Creative Portland, we’re sure that those partnerships will continue to grow and support us all.