Keith Stokes, who lost his job at the state Economic Development Corporation in the aftermath of the meltdown at 38 Studios, started a new gig yesterday: president of strategic economic planning & development at the Mayforth Group.
Mayforth is a lobbying firm led by Rick McAuliffe, a former aide to Senator Jack Reed and campaign staffer and aide for Charles Fogarty, with offices in Providence and Washington, DC.
Here’s the company’s release:
Responding to the dynamic (and challenging) economic environment facing its clients, The Mayforth Group has added economic planning and development expertise to its existing menu of clien services. With this extension, the consulting firm will become the region’s first one-stop provider of targeted economic development and government relations counsel.
“Over the past decade, the economic climate has changed dramatically for towns and cities,” said [...] McAuliffe, Chairman. “Municipalities are constantly seeking to attract businesses, fighting for state and federal funding and for economic survival. They can no longer subscribe to the ‘Build it and They Will Come’ practice of economic development,” he added. “With the addition of Keith Stokes to our staff, we can offer experienced, strategic counsel to guide municipalities, small businesses and community organizations using a full array of economic planning, evaluation, development and implementation, advocacy and grant writing expertise. Collaboratively, we’re now able to offer our clients– large and small –the leadership, vision and solutions that will optimize their competitive positioning in today’s market.”
Stokes assumed his new position on September 4th. He will split his time between the firm’s Providence and Washington, DC offices to best serve Mayforth’s expanding list of national clients.
Stokes defended his leadership of the EDC after leaving the agency. He declined on his way out to discuss the state’s misadventure with 38 Studios, Curt Schilling’s bankrupt video game company.
Before coming to the EDC, Stokes had led the Newport chamber of commerce for many years.