Maine man nominated to head northern border panel

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Posted: Nov 11, 2009 11:35 AM

A Maine man has been nominated to become the federal co-chairperson of a commission that aims to create jobs and boost the economy in the northern reaches of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

The White House announced Tuesday that it has nominated Sandy Blitz of Hudson for the new position with the Northern Border Regional Commission.

Blitz owns a company that helps public and private institutions get government grants and loans. He recently served as regional administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Last month the commissioner received its first funding. It will help create jobs in a 36-county area by investing in infrastructure improvements, high-speed Internet access, health care and renewable energy.