In 2010, the Maine Development Foundation and Maine State Chamber of Commerce began a series of reports to serve as an action plan for improving productivity, growing the economy, and providing a high quality of life for all Maine people. Making Maine Work: Critical Investments for the Maine Economy explored the investments needed to grow Maine’s economy and the factors influencing those decisions.
Maine business leaders have continually identified an available, skilled, and educated workforce as a critical element in Maine’s economy. Maine’s workforce is vital to our economic success and is a strategic focus of both MDF and the State Chamber. As such, the Making Maine Work series has focused on the key factors affecting Maine’s human capital, including the role of Maine’s public university system; investment in early childhood development as a strategy for economic growth; and the quantity and quality of Maine’s workforce.
Released in September 2016, Maine’s Labor Shortage: New Mainers and Diversity speaks to the workforce challenges presented by Maine’s demographics. With the struggle to find qualified workers expected to get worse in the years ahead, we need to look beyond our borders to find the people who will bring in the numbers, skills, knowledge, education, talent, innovational capacity, entrepreneurial spirit, and international connections needed to grow Maine’s economy.
To learn more about the Making Maine Work series or any of the reports, please contact MDF Program Director Ryan Neale at 207-626-3119 or email@example.com.
Click on the links below to read or download the full reports.
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Maine Development Foundation and Maine State Chamber release “Maine’s Labor Shortage: New Mainers and Diversity”
September 22nd, 2016