Bad News, Good News for the Maine Economy

Opposite ends of the spectrum re: economic development in the Press Herald today:

First, the bad news — I had been hopeful that Phil Congdon would be an effective DECD Commissioner based on some early comments that he made.  It didn’t take long to crush that hope:

http://www.pressherald.com/news/tenures-cut-short-congdon-brown-resign-from-lepage-cabinet_2011-04-28.html

Now, the good news — this sounds like a great, fully baked plan for an underutilized piece of real estate in Portland from Bill Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Red Claws.  Hopefully, I’m not wrong about this one:

http://www.pressherald.com/news/builders-plan-event-complex_2011-04-28.html

http://www.pressherald.com/sports/benefits-of-new-claws-venue-listed_2011-04-28.html