Maine Businesses to Play Critical Role in Determining Future Economic Policy

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development want to hear from as many Maine businesses as possible. The 2012 Maine Business Survey is now up and running.

The feedback generated over the next several weeks will help drive future economic policy decisions which will have a direct impact on their bottom line. “Businesses are being given a unique opportunity to influence Maine’s future business climate and their very own profitability,” said DECD Commissioner, George Gervais.

The LePage Administration’s relentless focus on moving Maine’s economy forward has already led to significant improvements in the State’s business climate. Cutting taxes, reducing regulatory burdens, along with health insurance, welfare and pension reform are just the beginning. “Now is the time to find out what’s working and more importantly what more we need to do to continue putting people before politics and Mainers back to work,” said Governor Paul LePage. “Let’s continue our momentum by responding to the needs of our job creators and implementing the changes they need in order to prosper,” continued Governor LePage.

The online survey, consisting of approximately 40 questions, asks businesses to rate everyday challenges from attracting and retaining employees to overall infrastructure needs. The questionnaire also digs deeper into specific policy areas such as workforce development, regulation, access to capital and incentives, workers compensation and marketing.

Individual responses to the survey will be confidential and included in an overall summary. Maine Businesses, our front line job creators, are being given a terrific opportunity to tell state leaders what needs to be done.

To participate in the survey go to http://www.maine.gov/decd/survey/.