2016-04-22 / Community

South Portland Land Trust announces new program manager

What does urban planning, downtown revitalization and economic development have to do with recreational trail management and open space conservation?

New South Portland Land Trust program manager Dugan Murphy sees the connection as a focus of his life’s work.

“I believe that the way we access and interact with the natural and built environments around us on a daily basis define a major part of our quality of life,” he said. “The work that the South Portland Land Trust does to connect neighborhoods, protect open spaces, and educate the public is crucial to greater Portland’s continued success.”

Murphy is partner with Nuf Sed, a Portland based consulting firm that supports organizations in reaching new audiences and developing capacity. The South Portland Land Trust Board of Directors recently signed a retainer agreement with Nuf Sed for Murphy to provide ongoing services as program manager for the land trust. Murphy provides similar services to the statewide Association of Maine Archives and Museums.

South Portland Land Trust President Steve Jocher said he is pleased with the new hire.

“We received proposals from 20 different consultants and awarded Dugan the contract because of his strong communication skills and unique background,” he said.

From 2013 to 2015, Murphy was executive director of Main Street Skowhegan, a nonprofit organization that coordinates the downtown revitalization effort in Skowhegan. Murphy oversaw over $500,000 in grant-funded community development projects, reinvigorated the volunteer base and increased the budget to hire new staff.

Murphy is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a Master of Community

Planning and a Bachelor of Urban Planning. He has certificates in historic preservation and in geographic information science and further focused his studies on housing policy, urban design, and economic development.

“We’re happy to have Dugan supporting us as we look forward to increasing membership, expanding trails and open spaces in South Portland, and enhancing our programming,” said Jocher.

Former South Portland Land Trust Program Manager Cindy Krum left the organization in late 2015 to take over as executive director of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. She has worked with Murphy and the board to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.

The South Portland Land Trust is a nonprofit organization committed to linking neighborhoods and improving quality of life in South Portland through expanding the city’s trail network, conserving open space, and educating the public on issues related to trails and open space.

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