A lot has been made of the creative economy in Maine — especially with Governor Baldacci’s creation of a Creative Economy Council last year. At the 55th Annual Colby College Institute for Leadership, “The Creative Economy,” on Wednesday, April 5, Baldacci will be on-hand to hear the first public announcement of the council’s formal recommendations about how Maine can leverage the creative economy.

John Rohman, chair of the Creative Economy Council, will deliver the keynote address to Maine’s business, government, and not-for-profit leaders. He will include case studies from the council’s report, which is expected to be released later in May. Rohman, former mayor of Bangor, is CEO and president of WBRC Architects-Engineers in Bangor and has served on many arts-related boards of directors statewide.

A panel discussion, “The Creative Economy in Action,” will be moderated by former chief economist for Maine Laurie Lachance and include Paul Boghossian, who is currently working on developing the former Hathaway factory in Waterville into a mixed-use and loft-space development; members of the Maine Creative Economy Council Robert Daigle and Oliver Wilder; and Janet Yancy-Wrona, the first director of Maine’s Office of Innovation.

Governor Baldacci will speak during lunch and present the 2006 Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence to Maine companies that have demonstrated a consistently high level of commitment to their community, their employees, and to manufacturing or service excellence.

For more information about the program, the speakers, and to register, please visit http://www.colby.edu/leadership. Registration is open and costs $50. It can be completed through a secure online form.