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Governor’s Workshops to Focus on Ways to Improve Business Climate and Assist with Job Creation

October 3, 2011

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 03, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Upcoming workshops invite hundreds of employers to share ideas to get Maine working

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage announced today he will host a series of job creation workshops in October and November. These working sessions are designed for business leaders to share ideas regarding job creation in Maine with the Governor, state officials and fellow business leaders to improve Maine’s economy.

“We’re going to roll up our sleeves and work with the business community to get Maine’s economy moving forward,” the Governor said, “our staff will be working with job creators on a number of issues that will enable them to create opportunities for Mainers.”

A good business climate encourages businesses to flourish and grow the economy. Among key issues used to measure the business climate include business and income tax levels, workforce availability; energy costs; cost of living; quality of life; environmental regulation and permitting, licensing, and various reporting regulations. All of these topics will be addressed at each job creation workshop.

The Governor will host three separate sessions which are free for attendees and to be held at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Husson University in Bangor and Southern Maine Community College in Portland. Maine’s largest city will kick-off the series of workshops October 19. The second will be held in Bangor on October 26 and the final event will be November 17 in Auburn.

Department commissioners and senior leadership teams will join the Governor to listen to suggestions and work with business leaders to improve the climate for job creation. “Government does not create jobs. But what we can do in Augusta is change the environment by which jobs are created in the private sector. That’s what we’re working on,” said the Governor.

Participating departments include Department of Economic & Community Development; Department of Labor; Maine Revenue Services; Department of Environmental Protection; Workers’ Compensation; Department of Professional & Financial Regulation; Department of Transportation; Department of Education; and Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

Interested businesses are encouraged to contact the Governor’s office for more information at (207) 287-3538 or visit www.maine.gov/governor to sign up. Space is limited and an RSVP is required.

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