LEWISTON — John Holden, Rockland’s Community Economic Development director and a director on the Economic Development Council of Maine, is taking over as president of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council.

He succeeds Lucien Gosselin who retired in June.

Mark Adams, chairman of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council’s board of directors, said Friday that Holden is expected to begin working part time in Lewiston-Auburn later this month and full time no later than Jan. 1.

“Our next charge, as a group, is to come up with a new economic development strategy for the Twin Cities, and he has had some experience with that,” Adams said. “It’s going to take a good communicative individual to keep the City Councils and the community and the board informed on what the Growth Council is up to and to help communicate what ever vision we come up with.”

Holden is a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Economics, with a master’s degree in community economics. He has served as the managing director for the Ohio Business Retention and Expansion Program and economic development specialist for the Eastern Maine Development Corporation in Bangor.

He has served as as Rockland’s community development director since January 2013.

Gosselin, the Growth Council’s president for the past 16 years, announced his plan to retire in December 2013.

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