Housing trust workforce talk



BAR HARBOR — Island Housing Trust will present “Help Wanted: Where Have All the Workers Gone … and How Do We Get Them Back? A Conversation about the Workforce Challenges Facing Coastal Maine” with workforce economist John Dorrer in the McCormick Lecture Hall at College of the Atlantic on Wednesday, July 27, from 9-11 a.m.

Dorrer has 30 years of experience in workforce development. An economist and research administrator, his work has focused on workforce development, human capital and labor market policies at the state and local levels. Dorrer formerly worked at the Maine Department of Labor, where he served as acting commissioner and director of the Center for Workforce Research and Information for eight years.

As part of IHT’s Summer Event Programs, the conversation on workforce challenges facing Maine’s coastal communities is intended as a forum for local business owners, human resource professionals, community and economic development professionals, municipal government leaders and workforce development professionals to discuss approaches to addressing the many challenges facing employers and workers in Maine’s 21st-century economy.

“IHT is keenly aware of the impact of both the local and regional economies on its ability to meet its stated mission of preserving year-round, sustainable island communities,” said IHT board President Ted Koffman.

Affordable year-round housing for the local workforce is but one challenge, admittedly an important one, among many that need to be part of a focused and deliberate conversation about the present and future workforce, he added. The event is co-hosted by College of the Atlantic.

The public is invited. To reserve a seat call Chris Spruce at IHT at cspruce@islandhousingtrust.org by July 25.

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