Media Advisory: LePage Administration Continues to Push for Effective and Efficient Government Services, New Building Latest Example

January 2, 2015

Media Advisory: LePage Administration Continues to Push for Effective and Efficient Government Services, New Building Latest Example

Governor Paul R. LePage will join commissioners of the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor, Mary Mayhew and Jeanne Paquette, respectively, to provide a preview of the newest effort to consolidate government buildings and services, which will save Maine taxpayers millions of dollars.

Under the leadership of Governor LePage, the State of Maine reached a deal saving taxpayers more than $23.4 million over the next 30 years by consolidating Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) offices in South Portland.

Prior to its official opening to the public, on Monday, Jan. 5, the building will open to the media for a tour. The Governor, Commissioner Mayhew, Commissioner Paquette and others will deliver remarks highlighting the Administration´┐Żs goal of enabling Mainers toward economic independence by providing opportunities to move from welfare to work.

The State of Maine signed a contract with ELC Construction, Inc. in 2013 for the lease of new DHHS and DOL consolidated offices. The 30-year lease will provide the State with 75,000 square feet of space for DHHS and DOL to co-locate their Cumberland County offices. The consolidation of the two agencies into one location will make it easier for clients to access services provided by both agencies.

WHEN: Monday, January 5, 2:30 p.m.
*Remarks will begin at 3 p.m.

WHERE: 151 Jetport Boulevard, South Portland