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Cumberland County’s got it, but how can rural Maine build a workforce to attract business?

Much has been made lately of Maine’s skills gap — the chasm between what skills and knowledge workers have and what employers need. Gov. Paul LePage has made closing this gap a high priority. This work is complicated by the fact that the gap — and its causes and consequences — varies widely across the state. Consider […]

Demographics are destiny for Maine’s workforce

Demographics, as economists say, is destiny. Maine’s destiny is bleak. In many counties, deaths outnumber births. Young people are leaving. Those that stay in Maine are, generally, less educated. Manufacturing jobs are drying up and not being replaced. If Maine wants to reverse this trend of economic decline and stagnation, it must adopt innovative policies […]

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