- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - The president of the Maine Technology Institute has been removed from his post.

Alan Caron, the director of Envision Maine, tells the Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1mpY5O2 ) that Republican Gov. Paul LePage removed Robert Martin from his leadership position with the Brunswick organization.

The Maine Technology Institute is a state-funded organization that provides grants and loans for Maine companies to conduct research and development.

George Gervais, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, said in a statement that Martin’s departure was a personnel matter and that the absence of a president won’t “impair the critical work of the organization.”

Martin replaced Betsy Biemann, who resigned in 2012. She had clashed with LePage over his decision to veto a research and development bond.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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