Jason Entsminger

Farewell to NERCRD Associate Director Dr. Jason Entsminger!

Congratulations to NERCRD Associate Director Dr. Jason Entsminger, who has accepted a new tenure-track position at the University of Maine. His last day with NERCRD will be September 14.

In his new roles as Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Assistant Extension Professor and Small Business Specialist, Jason will teach courses in entrepreneurship and innovation and contribute to statewide efforts aimed at facilitating entrepreneurial networks and supporting rural innovation. This new position is held jointly between the Maine Business School and University of Maine Cooperative Extension

As NERCRD Associate Director, a position he’s held since February 2021, Jason led two national outreach initiatives:

  • A national listening-sessions process, developed and implemented jointly by the four Regional Rural Development Centers and aimed at identifying key priorities and critical investments for rural communities’ recovery and growth; and,
  • A year-long intensive accelerator program aimed at helping the National Extension Tourism Network scale-up and expand its capacity.

During his time at the NERCRD, Jason also helped regional partners respond to funding opportunities that will build multi-state collaborations on key topics in rural community and economic development. Through briefings, facilitated conversations, and webinars, he expanded the NERCRD’s reach to national and regional partners. He also contributed to several research projects, and co-authored numerous publications and presentations, helping to further the Center’s research mission.

“I am sad to see Jason move on, but also extremely grateful for the energy, passion and impact he brought to the NERCRD during his time with us. I wish him the very best as he moves into his new role at the University of Maine, and look forward to many continued collaborations,” said Stephan Goetz, Director of NERCRD.

Beginning September 15, Jason can be reached via  jason.entsminger@maine.edu or at (207) 581-1999.