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Updated: January 3, 2023

Bangor's new development director keys in on housing

Anne Krieg has a lot on her to-do list as she starts her new role this week as Bangor's director of development.

Anne Krieg
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Anne Krieg

Krieg, who joined Bangor's city government in May 2019 as a planner and became Bangor's planning officer later that year, was recently promoted to development director for the city, which has a population of just less than 32,000.

In her new job, announced Dec. 30, Krieg will lead the support, development, retention and implementation of business and economic growth in the Queen City. She said her two priorities are to finish Bangor's comprehensive plan and to continue to look for ways to promote more housing options for developers.

She succeeds Tanya Emery, who left the job to head economic development for the Maine Connectivity Authority.

"I miss her so much and I'm psyched to continue her good work," Krieg told Mainebiz, referring to Emery.

Krieg brings more than 20 years of experience in municipal government, including stints as Bridgton's director of planning, economic and community development and Bar Harbor's planning and development director and public information officer.

In Bangor, she has been involved in zoning and land use planning, implementing Affordable Housing Work Group recommendations, leading the city's comprehensive plan update, and spearheading Bangor's Livable Communities and Climate Action Plan initiatives.

Behind the scenes, she has researched options for redeveloping the Bangor Mall area, been an active participant in efforts to streamline development, supported the data development and discussions on short-term rentals and enhanced communication efforts, the city said in its Dec. 30 announcement. 

Bangor City Manager Debbie Laurie cited Krieg's wealth of knowledge and experience working with community members to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, adding that "her passion and dedication to our community is evident in all her work.”

Bullish on Bangor's economy in 2023, Krieg said, "Bangor’s downtown is about to be further activated with more residential units. Destination retail in the mall area is doing well. Though there is work to be done on homelessness and the mall itself, these are good signs."

She added, "I have learned so much about how residents see their city and what they want their city to become from working on the comprehensive plan. We need to follow the economic development strategy plan and market how livable this city is to people and tell the story about how their business can thrive."

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