DATE:                                    May 5, 2008
CONTACT PERSON:           Thomas Martin, Executive Director
TELEPHONE NUMBER:    667-7131        
FAX NUMBER:                    667-2099


Mike Hyde, Vice-President For Advancement at Jackson Lab will be the guest speaker at the Hancock County Planning Commission’s (HCPC) annual meeting on May 27 @ 7:00 PM at the Ellsworth Public Library meeting room (enter lower level).   While this is the annual business meeting of the planning commission during which the agency budget and work plan will be adopted and new executive board members will be elected, the public is welcome to attend.  

“As Hancock County’s major employer, it is important that area towns be aware of Jackson Lab’s needs and plans” stressed HCPC Executive Director Tom Martin.   “We see this meeting as an opportunity to learn more about the challenges the Lab faces operating in Hancock County and how we might collaborate with the Lab.”  Possible examples of cooperative ventures include expansions of commuter-related public transit, workforce housing and broadband Internet connections.

“The Lab has also created spin-off businesses.  We want to learn the sort of assistance it needs to continue to thrive in our region.  As traditional sources of employment shrink,” Martin concluded. “We need to work with emerging businesses as part of our efforts to have a strong, local economy.”

Biographic information source: Hyde

Michael E. Hyde, M.Ed.
Vice President for Advancement and External Relations

Before joining The Jackson Laboratory in 2006, top fundraising professional Mike Hyde was vice president for university relations at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., where his achievements include completing an $82.6 million campaign and launching a $150 million drive with two eight-digit gifts, building the institution's national visibility, and creating a private corporation to rebuild the Alfred downtown business district. His responsibilities include oversight of Jackson Laboratory fundraising, communications and marketing, and government relations. Mr. Hyde holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia. His early professional life was in academic advising and career counseling, first at his alma mater, then at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.