Madawaska hires new economic development director
MADAWASKA, Maine — Town officials have hired Keith Cyr as the new director of community and economic development. He officially starts work on Oct. 9.
Cyr was one of several applicants vying to fill the position vacated by Madawaska’s longtime economic development director, Suzie Paradis, according to a release issued by Town Manager Gary Picard.
“Keith’s enthusiasm, professionalism and genuine compassion for the growth of this community was very evident, and his energy will allow him to get on board rather quickly with tasks at hand and Grand Plan Madawaska,” Denise Duperre, chairperson of the Select Board, said in the release.
Paradis left the post to become town manager in Fort Kent. Picard said that Madawaska’s Office of Economic and Community Development has been an asset to the community and has a good working relationship with several state and federal offices.
“Filling this post with the right person was key in continuing these relations with these agencies,” Picard said. He added that Cyr “possesses great interpersonal skills and has clearly communicated to us his desire to grow his community.”
Cyr could not be reached for comment, but state in the release that he was “very excited for his new opportunity at the Town of Madawaska and was coming into this with very high energy and a ton of ideas with his main goal to keep moving the town forward.”
He indicated that he is “looking forward to working with a great team and getting a chance to interact with the people of this great town.”