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Announces 2013 Corporate Partnership Initiative


The State Theatre is proud to announce it’s the recipient of the 2012 Economic Development Achievement Award from the City of Portland.  Each year, the Portland Development Corporation and the City of Portland present business awards to three local businesses that have played a major role in developing Portland’s economic vitality.  Recognized as a leading economic driver in the area, the State Theatre will receive the award on November 28 during a ceremony at the State Theatre.

"Choosing the State Theatre for this year's Economic Development Achievement Award was an easy decision,” said Jack Lufkin, President of the Portland Development Corporation.  “Since it re-opened two years ago, the State has had such a significant positive impact on Portland's music scene and on the vitality of the Arts District. …What a great contribution it's made to the City of Portland."

On the heels of the announcement, Lauren Wayne, General Manager of the State Theatre and State Theatre Presents, also announced plans for a 2013 Corporate Partnership Initiative.  Wayne emphasized the impetus for the initiative is to offer a select number of strategic partners the opportunity to help continue developing Maine’s vibrant music and arts community.

“We are thrilled to receive the recognition from the city regarding the State Theatre’s contribution to the health and economic vitality of Portland.   We are also excited to announce that the State is looking for like-minded businesses who understand that the live music experience is where connections are made with the fans.  We are seeking partners who can collaborate with us to develop creative and exciting ways in which to engage their existing customers as well as attract new customers, while energizing the arts and entertainment community.”

Now entering its 3rd year of operation, the State Theatre produces over 100 shows a year in its historic Arts District venue and throughout the city and state.  In this short time, the State Theatre and State Theatre Presents has become a solid fixture in the New England music industry with more than 100,000 fans attending events per year.   This past summer’s Gentleman of the Road concert with Mumford & Sons on the Eastern Promenade, which drew approximately 16,000 attendees from across New England, which drew accolades from the city, press, artists and fans, further underscored the State Theatre’s impact on the city and area businesses.

Michael Leonard, with over 15 years in entertainment marketing and sponsorship development, joined the State Theatre team in May and will be leading the Corporate Sponsorship Initiative.  “It really is one of the best opportunities I have had the privilege to work on. The State Theatre is an important catalyst for Portland’s vital downtown Arts District and very visible economic engine for the city. The return it can provide the right businesses will be significant.”

Interested businesses should contact Michael directly at

Lauren Wayne hopes the Corporate Sponsorship Initiative will enable a few select partners to join the State Theatre as it continues to grow in impact and vitality.

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