LePage plans next round of jobs workshops

Gov. Paul LePage plans to hit the road and meet with businesses again, in a redux of the job creation workshops tour he held last year.

This series will be involve industry-specific job creation workshops, according to a press release sent out Tuesday, and will start off with one focused on fishing, marine resources, and coastal tourism at Southern Maine Community College’s Brunswick Landing facility on June 13. Interestingly, the governor’s first job creation forum last year was also hosted by SMCC – though at the main campus in South Portland.

I have continually said I want to listen to Maine’s job creators to find out what they need to succeed, expand, and create more jobs in our state,” said LePage in the release. “Our last round of job creation workshops was very successful, and we’re going to roll up our sleeves and work with the business community once again to get Maine’s economy moving forward.”

During the forums, LePage and senior administration officials met with businesses and heard about their concerns and challenges. Topics that came up regularly included the challenge of local regulations, health insurance and energy costs, and the difficulty in finding skilled workers to fill open positions.

The forums contributed to administration initiatives, including one to categorize Maine communities who meet requirements as “business friendly.”

According to the release, future sessions are expected to cover tourism, forestry, farming, and IT/manufacturing, with dates and locations to be determined.

The release encourages interested businesses to contact the governor’s office for more information at (207)287-3538 or visit www.maine.gov/governor to sign up.