Karen Gordon Mills, the wife of President Barry Mills, was nominated by Governor John Baldacci on Monday to chair the newly created Council on Jobs, Innovation, and the Economy, according to a press release.

The council is charged with coming up with a set of recommendations in response to a Brookings Institution report on the future of Maine that was released this fall.

The report concluded that while Maine's future is promising, it must resolve lingering economic issues like high taxes. Central to this, the report says, is investment in Maine's "quality of place" and "industrial clusters."

"Maine has the potential to build on its core strengths in a number of growing sectors and create world competitive businesses and jobs," Mills said. "The tools are there?now the work begins to make it happen."

-Nat Herz