LePage to host series of job creation workshops

Posted Oct. 03, 2011, at 6:08 p.m.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage makes remarks prior to signing a bill authorizing charter schools, at the State House in Augusta, Maine on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage makes remarks prior to signing a bill authorizing charter schools, at the State House in Augusta, Maine on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday that he plans to host a series of job creation workshops with business leaders in October and November to share ideas about how to create jobs and 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 in a press release. “Our staff will be working with job creators on a number of issues that will enable them to create opportunities for Mainers.”

LePage will host three sessions that are free and open to the public.

The first will be held Oct. 19 at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, followed by an Oct. 26 session at Husson University in Bangor and a final workshop on Nov. 17 at Central Maine Community College in Auburn.

With the first legislative session complete and the second session still months away, LePage has spent much of his time recently talking about job creation.

The governor is expected to be joined by Cabinet members and senior staff members at the sessions and hopes to discuss, among other things, business and income tax levels, work force availability, energy costs, cost of living, quality of life and regulatory and licensing requirements.

“Government does not create jobs,” he said. “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.”

Participating departments will include the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Labor, Maine Revenue Services, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education and the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

Interested businesses are encouraged to call the governor’s office for 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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