Governor Shumlin appoints Michael Keane to Vermont Economic Progress Council

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2012

Fred Kenney 802.828.5256; [email protected]

MONTPELIER, Vt. – A management consultant from Bennington has been tapped by Governor Peter Shumlin as the newest member of the panel responsible for reviewing and approving economic development incentives.

The Governor appointed Michael Keane to the Vermont Economic Progress Council to fill the remainder of a term vacated by Mark Young, who stepped down from the board for personal reasons.

A resident of North Bennington, Keane is Co-founder and Managing Director of Fundamental Shift, LLC and Regional Managing Director of Fiduciary Plan Governance, LLC. He will fill the remainder of Young’s term through March 31, 2013, with the possibility of reappointment to subsequent terms.

“Michael Keane brings unique strengths and extensive financial experience to the VEPC Board and he has served his community and the state in many capacities, including the Bennington Economic Development Task Force, Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, Better Bennington Corporation, and the United Way,” Shumlin said. “I am very pleased to appoint him to this important position.”

Keane is a business owner and has extensive resume as a management, business and marketing consultant, including firms such as A.T. Kearney, Andersen Business Consulting, American Management Systems, Inc. and KPMG.  He has graduate degrees from Duke University and the University of Oslo, professional certification in education, organizational development and change management, and is an accredited investment fiduciary analyst.

“We’re delighted when fellow citizens with such experience and knowledge are willing to give back to their community” Stephan Morse, VEPC Chair said.  “Michael’s financial, business, and management background will be especially helpful in our efforts to promote quality jobs for Vermonters.”

“I’m very excited and honored to be asked to help serve the people of Vermont in this fashion,” Keane said. “As a business consultant, I have always recognized the importance of economic development and job creation for healthy communities, and will continue to do so in my new role.”

The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of eleven Vermont citizens appointed by the Governor and the General Assembly, which considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.

The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.

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