Governor, staff listen to input, feedback on job creation needs

Gov. Paul LePage talks to business and economic development representatives and others Wednesday during the final summer job creation workshop at the University of Maine in Farmington. At far left is senior policy economic adviser John Butera and UMF President Kathryn A. Foster.

FARMINGTON — It is the private sector that will create prosperity in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage's senior economic policy adviser, John Butera, told those at the final Governor's Workshop on Job Creation on Wednesday.

About 60 people representing 55 businesses, economic development groups and other associations signed up to attend the event at the University of Maine at Farmington. UMF President Kathryn A. Foster welcomed them to the Roberts Learning Center.

The workshop sought input and feedback from Maine's job creators on what the state could do to improve the business climate and job creation in the state.

The seminar was part of a series of industry-specific workshops designed to bring business leaders together to share ideas and concerns about government policy.

Sessions included Marketing the Maine Brand with LePage; regulatory reform with Chandler Woodcock, the commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; energy reform with Ken Fletcher, director of the Office of Energy Independence and Security; and Patricia Aho, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.

The sessions also were intended to gain insight on the forestry industry, forest related jobs and the future opportunities offered from the state's vast forest resources.

The workshops were not open to the media or members of the public.

Butera told attendees to fill out a survey in their packet to give the governor and his staff information that could help them set policy and make government more responsible.

The nine-page survey covered questions related to general business, education quality, infrastructure needs, workforce, regulation, access to capital, workers' compensation, marketing and branding.

LePage said he is trying to create an environment in Augusta to help businesses be successful and improve the state's economy.  He reiterated that government cannot create wealth and prosperity; it is the private sector that will create jobs and prosperity, he said.

He and his staff have been meeting with business representatives and others to find out what their customers need, what their clients need and what their constituents need and how the state can help.

Workshops were held in June and July in Brunswick, Springvale and Presque Isle.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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Steve  Dosh's picture

ed. 12.08.16 14:20 hst ? the

ed. 12.08.16 14:20 hst ?
the most striking line in this story was, " The workshops were not open to the media or members of the public."
Let's hope the transcripts and report - outs are . . .
/s Steve , former ombudsman

Catherine Pressey's picture

Striking for sure:

I noticed that there were many empty chairs, guess we know how much the corporations care about what God LePage has to say, guess I am still fumeing over his taking our Labor Murual out of the Dept. of labor, yes got to get past it. I will just as soon, when we send him packing, nothing good has come out of his office. And Oh so much bad, one big thing Wow! we now in the name of bringing Job here have to live in a war zone, with the fireworks. Your probably more up on the little details, here I believe they need to censor our Governor. His mouth, maybe he should close it and think first.

Catherine Pressey's picture

Gov. and staff listen:

Feedback from the bottom, is that the corporate or private sector will not do anything that will cost them more. They will continue to send jobs overseas due to the less hourly cost and countries that do not care about Workers Comp or such things as health insurance. And when our Governor chose to remove part of our history, Wow because it was chasing Corporations away so funny. What a joke, and then what next.

Catherine Pressey's picture

Gov. and staff listen:

Feedback from the bottom, is that the corporate or private sector will not do anything that will cost them more. They will continue to send jobs overseas due to the less hourly cost and countries that do not care about Workers Comp or such things as health insurance. And when our Governor chose to remove part of our history, Wow because it was chasing Corporations away so funny. What a joke, and then what next.

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