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Legislature to Form New Select Committee on Maine's Workforce

by Brenda Peluso

According to a recent press release from Democratic leadership in the Maine Legislature, membership will soon be announced for a new Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future. The committee will be tasked with “reporting out legislation to strengthen Maine’s workforce, capitalize on our state’s economic engines, and help Maine’s small businesses thrive.”

Our new Partners in Prosperity report, scheduled for publication next month, will show that Maine’s nonprofit sector is still a large employer and big part of Maine’s small business community.  As Speaker of the House, Mark Eves noted, “We must address our skills gap through better workforce development training and use education and training tools to help more Maine people stay and climb into the middle class.” Given that Maine’s nonprofits employ 1 in 7 Maine workers, our workforce needs must be part of any solution to improve the prosperity of all Maine residents.

We look forward to sharing the results of the third edition of our Partners in Prosperity report with the legislature, including this new Joint Select Committee, and would love to include information from our membership about what skills your nonprofit is ready to hire today and in the future.

Please e-mail me your comments and skill needs and I will begin to add your information to our presentation.

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