Monday, Sep 8, 2014 | Lewiston Sun Journal
FARMINGTON — Greater Franklin Development Corp. has elected Darryl Brown as chairman of its board of directors.
The former vice chairman of the organization was elected unanimously at a special board meeting Aug. 20.
Brown has more than 40 years of experience in land use planning, soils evaluation and permitting at local, state and federal levels. As founder and owner of Main-Land Development Consultants Inc. in Livermore Falls, he represented clients all over Maine, including major paper companies and ski areas.
During that time, he developed relationships with all regulatory and planning agencies in Maine, including the Department of Environmental Protection, the Land Use Planning Commission, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Following the sale of his company in 2011, Brown became a member of Gov. Paul LePage’s cabinet, serving as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection and later as director of the State Planning Office. During his tenure at the governor’s office, he developed a relationship with the Department of Economic and Community Development.
Brown is senior project manager at Cianbro Corp., where his responsibilities include providing assistance on land use issues for projects that require regulatory approval and compliance. He also works on special projects for Cianbro CEO Pete Vigue to promote economic development opportunities for Maine, including improved rail service, port development and East-West connectivity to global markets.
Brown said in a statement, “The Greater Franklin Development Corporation is an organization that has a track record of bringing business to our service area. That is a testament to the former leadership of the organization.
“The current economic challenges that face our state and Franklin County have been with us since 2008 when the economy took a sudden negative turn, and we have found ourselves in the deepest recession since the Great Depression. In spite of that, Maine and Franklin County remain among the nicest places to live, work and play in America,” he said.
“We will continue to promote our area with the commitment to bring good quality companies and jobs to the region. As chair for the next year, it will be my privilege to work with my fellow board members and our very capable staff, who share my enthusiasm and positive outlook for the future.”
The corporation elected Brown because his attitude parallels the mission to create and keep quality employment opportunities in greater Franklin County by actively attracting new business, assisting local employers and encouraging entrepreneurs, according to officials.
Brown resides in Livermore Falls with his wife, Penny.