Kim was part of the advocacy team through the Mid-Maine Chamber in 2001 that took the lead along with area municipalities and KVCOG to create the Central Maine Growth Council. Since that time, she has served its mission in one form or another, initially as a member of its board, and more recently as its executive director. A marketing management graduate of Thomas College, Kim’s love for the region and its citizenry are best embodied in her dedication to growing the business community in a thoughtful and sustainable manner. She is a big believer in teamwork and partnering to move the region and the economy forward.
Garvan manages Central Maine Growth Council’s regional economic development initiatives and networks. This includes city planning and policy analysis, regional projects, grants, business expansion/retention, enterprise growth, and entrepreneurial development. Along with these key roles, Garvan administers the growth and development of the City of Waterville’s federal U.S. Foreign Trade Zone program (FTZ 186), a regional effort to cultivate global trade and outreach in the State of Maine. The Maine native earned his B.A. from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, FL in 2008, graduating with a double major in Political Science and Environmental Sciences, earned a M.A. (MCPD) in Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and holds a Maritime Port Manager (MPM) certificate from the Loeb-Sullivan Graduate School of International Business & Logistics, at Maine Maritime Academy and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE).
Patricia has over thirty years of experience in customer service and as an administrative assistant. For 32 years, she worked in the central Maine area for the cable industry. She worked in many different departments as the company grew and expanded its services.
For many years, Patricia has served on the Kennebec Leadership Institute (KLI) Advisory Board with the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce and is also a graduate of KLI. She completed the Cornerstone Leadership DDI course that was offered through the cable company.
Patricia serves as a bookkeeper for Central Maine Growth Council, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, and Waterville Main Street.