Rockland Main Street, the nonprofit downtown organization, has hired David Gogel as its new executive director. Gogel steps into the position that was held by Gordon Page, who retired January 31.

Gogel has served in senior positions in business development, management consulting and, most recently, with a leading advertising agency based in Portland.

In a news release announcing his hiring, Gogel said, “Working for one of the leading tourism marketing agencies in the country has given me a front-row seat to the magic that can happen when you mix a unique sense of place, smart planning, and the people willing to put in the hard work.… I am thrilled to be in a position to put this knowledge to work for Rockland Main Street and our community.”

Rockland Main Street marked its 10th anniversary in 2019. Perhaps its best-known activities are the annual Summer Solstice celebration; the Festival of Lights holiday parade and related events; the annual Spring Hiring Fair; and the Lobster Trap Tree

that lights up Mildred Merrill Park each December.

The city of Rockland is one of only 10 Maine communities fully accredited by the National Main Street program, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For more information, visit rocklandmainstreet.org.