The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) recently announced the addition of former Windham Town Manager, Tony Plante and Tom Bell to their growing staff. Kristina Egan, Executive Director of GPCOG, said.
“We are so pleased to have both Tony and Tom joining our team,” stated Egan. “As GPCOG continues to grow, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to bring talented, experienced people together to serve our municipal members and our entire region, from Sebago Lake to Casco Bay.
“Tony Plante’s experience as a Town Manager for over twenty years brings a wealth of insight and expertise to GPCOG as we work to expand our services to the communities we serve. His specialized expertise in performance management will be a particularly valuable addition to our team. His contributions to the region at GPCOG will make us all stronger. We are lucky to have Tony as a colleague.”
“Tom Bell is one of Maine’s true communications professionals. His long tenure as a reporter covering the issues GPCOG works on every day gives him unique understanding of what we do.
Tom’s accomplishments as a communications consultant demonstrate his ability to help people understand complex issues in clear, direct ways. And Tom’s passion for our issues, and our mission, make him the perfect fit for GPCOG as we share the great work we do with our members, our region and our state.”
Tony Plante comes to GPCOG after serving for 22 years as the Town Manager of Windham, where he was recognized as the Manager of the Year by the Maine Town, City and County Management Association in 2016.
Tom Bell comes to GPCOG after a career as a reporter, including 16 years at the Portland Press Herald. More recently Bell has been an independent consultant at Tom Bell Media where he has worked on policy and political campaigns.
GPCOG is a non-profit organization serving 25 municipalities in Cumberland and Androscoggin Counties, providing planning, transportation, economic development and energy services and support to individual communities and the region as a whole.