Muskie alum recognized as ‘Rising Star’ by Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce

Joshua Reny

Joshua Reny, Fairfield Town Manager and graduate of the Muskie School’s Public Policy and Management program, has received the 2014 Rising Star Award from the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. The annual award honors a local chamber member who is less than 40 years old and illustrates a combination of business success and community involvement as a leader within a business organization.

Under Reny’s leadership, Fairfield has rebuilt its fund balance, held taxes flat for the past three years, improved its downtown business district, and secured four significant grants, including a $6.5 million Community Development Block Grant.

The Chamber’s award comes just months after the Maine Town, City and County Management Association presented Reny with its Rookie Manager of the Year Award.

Read more about Joshua’s successes in the Morning Sentinel article “Fairfield manager says his chamber award a sign of town’s success” and Bangor Daily News article “Fairfield town manager earns Rookie Manager of Year Award.”


Photo credit: Michael G. Seamans, Staff Photographer, Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel

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