We're proud to announce that Creative Portland has hired Jennifer Hutchins to be our executive director. Jennifer will oversee all aspects of the Creative Portland Corporation including Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA) and LiveWork Portland. See the story in the Portland Press Herald: "'This announcement caps a very successful year for both organizations,' Andy Graham, Creative Portland board president and owner of Portland Color, said in a press release issued late today. 'By combining our resources, we want to promote and expand Portland’s creative community and attract talented, motivated people who want to live, work, and set up shop in this exciting, beautiful coastal city.' Hutchins is director of communications and external affairs for the USM Muskie School and is a co-author of the seminal study, 'Maine’s Creative Economy: Measurement and Analysis,' conducted by the Muskie School for Gov. John Baldacci’s inaugural Blaine House Summit on the Creative Economy in 2004. Previously, she has been marketing director of Portland Stage Company and an Artsave representative for People For the American Way in Washington, D.C." Look for great things in the year ahead!