FARMINGTON — A Freeman Township man has been hired as executive director of the Greater Franklin Development Council, according to a news release.

Charlie Woodworth will take over the position on Sept. 4. He succeeds Alison Hagerstrom of Farmington who has led the organization for 15 years. Hagerstrom will retire Aug. 31.

Most recently Woodworth has been leading the Franklin County Broadband Initiative, which aims to create access to reliable high-speed internet throughout Franklin County. Woodworth formerly served as executive director of Maine Huts & Trails where he successfully led it through four years of significant growth, the release stated. As an entrepreneur, Woodworth has an appreciation for the challenges facing business owners. As an outdoor enthusiast, he also recognizes the tremendous natural assets that Franklin County offers.

This is a pivotal time for GFDC,” Woodworth stated in the release. “ I am excited by the challenges and by the opportunities for the communities of Franklin County.”

Woodworth and his wife, Merrie, live in Freeman Township.

“We are excited to move forward with the important work we do here at GFDC with Charlie at the lead,” council Chairwoman Mary Howes stated.

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Charlie Woodworth of Freeman Township has been hired as the new executive director of Greater Franklin Development Council in Farmington. He will replace current Director Alison Hagerstrom who will retire after 15 years on Aug. 31.

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