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September 13, 2022

Bangor's Tanya Emery to join Maine Connectivity Authority

Tanya Emery outdoors File Photo / Jason Paige Smith Tanya Emery, Bangor's director of community and economic development, will join the Maine Connectivity Authority as economic development director next month.

After more than a decade leading community and economic development in Bangor, Tanya Emery is leaving for a similar role at the Maine Connectivity Authority.

Emery, who will stay in Bangor, is set to start Oct. 10 as economic development director at the Maine Connectivity Authority, which is led by Andrew Butcher.

The quasi-government agency was established last year to achieve universal access of affordable high-speed broadband in Maine. 

"I'm excited to dive deeply into broadband access and equity, as I've seen in the last few years how critical it is for Mainers to be able to participate not only in the modern economy, but also access health care," Emery told Mainebiz.

She also said she looks forward to working with and learning from a team she calls incredibly talented.

Thursday on Twitter, after the Bangor Daily News reported the news, Emery tweeted that while she will miss a lot about city government life, "now I can just enjoy our great little city."

Emery, a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., was deputy director of economic development in Brewer for five years before joining Bangor city government, first as business development specialist. She has served as the Queen City's community and economic development director since October 2013.

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Andrew Butcher, president of the Maine Connectivity Authority

When Butcher was appointed president of the Maine Connectivity Authority last year, he was also the agency's first employee. He told Mainebiz he looks forward to working with Emery.

"Tanya will bring her combination of skills and experience around industry engagement, deal development and multi-sector awareness to the Maine Connectivity Authority's efforts to facilitate universal affordable broadband for everyone in Maine," he said.

"Not only will she help support [the agency'] workforce development efforts, she will play a leadership role in the upcoming infrastructure planning efforts as well as design and develop strategic investments to maximize last mile service and enable diverse partnerships."

Butcher also gave a shout-out to the agency's "all-star team coming together to rapidly scale operations," adding that "Tanya's energy, collaborative spirit and track record of translating plans into actions that add value and public benefit make her an ideal addition to the team."

In an interview with Mainebiz earlier this year, Butcher said he views broadband access as an economic development tool for the state and its residents.

"Our highest goal has to be that everyone can be connected and has access to an affordable connection," he said. "We have to make sure people are no longer in the dark."

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