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Governor LePage Delivers Property Tax Handout to Legislators

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:59:48 EST

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 15, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Yesterday the Office of the Governor delivered the property tax information to members of the Legislature as Governor Paul R. LePage pledged during his State of the State Address on Tuesday, February 13.

In his address he advised taxpayers, "Ask your local officials how much land in your community has been taken off the tax rolls. Ask them how much in tax revenue it would be contributing today to help reduce your property taxes. The desire to preserve land without benefit to the taxpayers or their input is out of control. We must restore balance."

The packet includes the estimated increase in taxes paid annually by property owners and the amount of additional money each municipality would receive if tax-exempt properties were taxed at the rate proposed by the Governor in 2015.

The financial impact numbers the Governor shared are based on information that is provided by Maine towns and cities to Maine Revenue Services and their Property Tax Division.

Individuals looking for a specific property listing in their municipality should contact their local city or town office, which is where such records are kept. A directory of municipal offices is available on the state's website at: http://www.maine.gov/local/ .

A copy of the material provided to legislators is available at the link below.



Governor LePage Recognizes School District Collaboration To Benefit Students

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:39:06 EST

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage has issued the following statement recognizing today's State Board of Education vote to accept the scoring for the finalists for the Integrated, Consolidated 9-16 Educational Facility Pilot Project.

"Communities across Maine are demonstrating that when the state provides them with support and incentives, they will work together to create more opportunities for students in an efficient and effective way," said Governor LePage. "I commend the local superintendents and school boards for putting the needs of their students first."

The Governor added, "Enabling Maine students to benefit from regional and collaborative approaches to education is the right thing to do. When these projects are up and running, they will serve as a shining example of what is possible when our communities work together to benefit students."

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has implemented the Integrated, Consolidated 9-16 Educational Facility Pilot Project as part of the EMBRACE initiative, providing support and incentives to communities that work together to increase opportunities for students through regional partnerships that enable efficiency and take advantage of scale that the communities could not achieve on their own.

Most recently, Maine DOE announced grant awards of $4.6 million to school districts to pursue more than $10 million in savings through regional projects.



Attorney General Janet Mills Joins Bipartisan Coalition Urging Congress to Help Protect Employees From Sexual Harassment

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:53:08 EST

AUGUSTA - Attorney General Janet Mills joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 states and territories urging Congress to end secret forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment. Too often employees are required to sign employment contracts containing arbitration agreements mandating that sexual harassment claims be resolved through private arbitration instead of through the judicial process. The secrecy surrounding these proceedings can protect serial violators and provide inadequate relief to victims.

"No employee should ever have to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace, and no victim of workplace sexual harassment should ever feel as though they do not have the right of access to our judicial system," said Mills. "Eliminating discontinuance of arbitration requirements in workplace sexual harassment cases will further empower victims to seek relief rather than stifle their voices."

The Coalition letter sent Monday asks Congress to pass appropriately-tailored legislation to ensure that sexual harassment victims have a right to their day in court.

"Congress today has both opportunity and cause to champion the rights of victims of sexual harassment in the workplace by enacting legislation to free them from the injustice of forced arbitration and secrecy when it comes to seeking redress from egregious misconduct condemned by all concerned Americans," states the letter cosponsored by Republican and Democratic attorneys general.

Attorneys general from the states, D.C. and five U.S. territories joined the letter: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

A copy of the letter is attached. ###



Town of Hartford now offering Rapid Renewal Service 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:09:57 EST

**Residents can now renew vehicle registrations online**

AUGUSTA - Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that the Town of Hartford has launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State's online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations.

Rapid Renewal is an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one seamless online transaction. Rapid Renewal has gained national acclaim and Mainers have enthusiastically embraced it. While municipal participation in Rapid Renewal is optional, the service has now grown to 236 municipalities and has seen more than 1,536,942 transactions processed to date. The Town of Hartford will accept payments via e-check and credit card. Residents can continue to visit the town office to pay in person, but now also have the option of conducting these transactions online.

The Rapid Renewal service is currently offered by cities and towns from York County to Aroostook County, with populations ranging from Glenwood Plantation's three citizens to more than 64,000 in Portland. Through Rapid Renewal, citizens can quickly and easily renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rapid Renewal may be accessed through http://www.maine.gov/sos/online_services/index.html , the Secretary of State's site for online services.

Municipal officials who would like more information about participating in Rapid Renewal are encouraged to contact the Department of the Secretary of State at 626-8400 or by email at .



Attorney General Janet Mills addresses the Downeast Correctional Facility Closure

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:39:38 EST

AUGUSTA - The action of the Governor and the Department of Corrections flies in the face of the clear intent of the Legislature as expressed in the biennial budget, in statute and in the deliberations of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. See the attached letter from this office of April 27, 2017 to Senator Joyce Maker. The Legislature has every right to protect an institution which not only provides needed rehabilitation services to persons convicted of crimes but is also an economic mainstay of one of Maine's poorest counties.

We will continue to explore all possible actions in response to the numerous complaints this office has received about the closure of Downeast Correctional Facility.



Maine Continues to Rank Among Most Affordable States for Personal Auto and Homeowners Insurance

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:50:34 EST

"Thanks to a competitive market, Maine consumers are paying less for auto and home insurance than consumers in nearly every other state," Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa stated.

For the fifth consecutive year Maine ranked 3rd nationally for lowest average auto insurance premiums, and for the third year in a row the state ranked 10th nationally for lowest average homeowners premiums, according to recently released reports by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Maine continues to have the lowest average homeowners premiums in New England.

• The NAIC's Auto Insurance Database Report provides the average costs associated with personal automobile insurance and includes state-by-state auto insurance data and analysis for insurance regulators, consumers and lawmakers. The types of auto insurance coverage included in the report are bodily injury and property damage liability, uninsured and underinsured motorist, medical payment, collision, and comprehensive.

• The NAIC's Homeowners Insurance Report provides data on market distribution and average cost by policy form and amount of insurance. Data is collected from insurance statistical agents or reported directly to the NAIC and includes national and state-specific premium and exposure information for homeowners policies, as well as non-commercial dwelling fire insurance policies.

"Maine has coverage requirements that exceed those in most other states, yet Maine continues to have consistently low average auto premiums," Superintendent Cioppa said.

According to the Insurance Research Council, Maine also now has the lowest percentage of uninsured motorists, at 4.5% (followed by New York at 6.1% and Massachusetts at 6.2%). More information is available from the NAIC (www.naic.org). Maine consumers and business owners with questions about auto, home, business or other lines of insurance are encouraged to visit the Bureau of Insurance website at maine.gov/insurance, or call 800-300-5000, or email Insurance.PFR@maine.gov.

The Bureau of Insurance is part of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, which encourages sound business practices through oversight of insurers, financial institutions, creditors, investment providers, and numerous occupations.



More than 295 Veterans, Military Family Members Hired through annual Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:40 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2018 Media Contacts: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-Employers participating in 2017's Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign hired 296 veterans and military family members during its 100-day initiative. One-hundred-and-fifty-four employers from all 16 Maine counties participated in the campaign, with an average placement wage reported of $23.16 per hour. The campaign launched last Labor Day and ended December 13, 2017. Final numbers were collected into January due to the length of hiring processes for those who applied within the 100-day period.

"Maine's Hire-A Vet campaign continues to successfully educate employers about the value veterans bring to our workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Ann and I fully support Hire-A-Vet. We want our veterans and military families who have given so much to our nation to return home to good-paying careers that appreciate the skills developed by service in the Armed Forces."

The campaign provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans, including a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits, education on military language and culture, assistance with recruiting, hiring, assimilation and retention, and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans.

The 2017 campaign's numbers were an increase over the 2016 campaign by six participating employers (148 in 2016), 101 hires (195 in 2016), and reported wages of plus $0.93 per hour ($22.23 in 2016).

Of the 296 total hires, 275 were veterans and 21 were military family members. Women veteran hires were 52 of the 275 reported (roughly 20 percent). Female veterans make up 10 percent of Maine's total veteran population.

Participating employers were not required to hire veterans or military family members they interviewed in order to be a part of the campaign.

Veterans' employment representatives available throughout Maine CareerCenters can visit employers to assist them in finding qualified veterans and provide information on the benefits of hiring veterans. Employers or veterans can contact the Maine Department of Labor's Veterans' Program Manager Auta Main at (207) 623-7975 or auta.m.main@maine.gov for more information or contact their closest Maine CareerCenter. Services offered to veterans through Maine CareerCenters are also available to their military family members at no cost. A list of CareerCenters is available at www.mainecareercenter.gov.

The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign is co-sponsored by Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Boots2Roots, Easter Seals and its Veterans Count program, Live+Work in Maine, Transition Assistance Advisors, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), VA Office of Rural Health, and Veterans Inc.. All partners focused on recruiting both veterans, military family members, and employers.

Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.



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State Offices to Close Wednesday Afternoon Due to Snow Storm

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:36:37 EST

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage has announced that all State will be closing at 3 p.m. today due to inclement weather.

"I urge everyone to drive safely as you commute to your destination this afternoon," said Governor LePage. "Please remember to keep a safe distance behind other vehicles and give plow trucks plenty of room to operate."



Attorney General Janet Mills Joins Coalition to Oppose the Trump Administration's Proposal to Rescind the Rule allowing Employees to Keep Tips

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:56:14 EST

Attorney General Janet Mills Joins Coalition to Oppose the Trump Administration's Proposal to Rescind the Rule allowing Employees to Keep Tips

AUGUSTA - This week Attorney General Janet Mills joined a coalition of 17 Attorneys General in opposing the Trump Administration's proposal to rescind a rule that allows employees to keep the tips they have earned. The rule issued in 2011 clarified that, consistent with custom and long-established understanding, gratuities are the sole property of employees. Under the Trump Administration's proposed change, employers would be allowed to pocket tips earned by employees who are paid the federal minimum wage. According to the Economic Policy Institute, this change could result in employers taking up to $5.8 billion in earned tips from the pockets of working men and women. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which is spearheading the rule change, reportedly shelved an economic analysis that highlighted the billions in tip earnings workers could lose.

"Maine law has long required that tips go to the employees who serve the customers, not to the employer. Hardworking men and women, especially those who are paid close to the minimum wage, depend on every penny they've earned to feed their families, keep a roof over their heads, and advance their education or careers," said Attorney General Mills. "We file our opposition today with a particular sense of urgency, given that the U.S. Department of Labor apparently ignored the economic analysis showing that workers could lose billions in earnings if the DOL's proposed change goes into effect."

Maine law provides that tips received by service employees are the property of the service employees and may not be shared with the employer. The proposed federal rule, which attempts to change the longstanding expectations of customers, employees and employers alike, will create unnecessary confusion between the different standards under federal and state laws.

The coalition of Attorney Generals opposing the proposed rule rescission includes, in addition to Attorney General Mills, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Attorneys General of: Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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Students to Participate in Maine State Park Passport Program, Visit All Maine State Parks in 2018

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:07:07 EST

AUGUSTA- Students from Mount View Middle School in Thorndike, Maine visited the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) to begin their quest to visit all Maine State Parks in 2018 as part of the Maine State Park Passport Program. Eleven seventh grade "cohorts" received official park passports and maps from Commissioner Walt Whitcomb. They plan to visit all Maine State Parks as part of the new "I Know ME" program sponsored by The Game Loft in Belfast. "We are very pleased that these students will include Maine State Park Passports as part of their journey to visit all 16 counties and learn about what makes Maine special," said Commissioner Walt Whitcomb. "Their educational experience also includes learning Maine history, consuming locally grown foods and experiencing what it means to be an involved Maine citizen." "The I Know ME program focuses on learning about the state and learning about oneself," said The Game Loft co-Director Ray Estabrook. "We believe that if you know who you are and you know where you are from, you can find where you are going. The I Know ME program has received generous funding from the Emmanuel and Pauline Lerner Foundation." "Maine residents have an amazing resource in our state park system," said The Game Loft co-Director Patricia Estabrook. "As people who have visited all 48 state parks we believe that these treasures teach us about our heritage and enrich our lives. Everyone should consider participating in the state park passport program." The Park Passport Program - challenges participants to visit all 48 Maine State parks and Historic Sites, have a passport book stamped and earn prizes. It has been one of the most successful promotions that the DACF's Bureau of Parks and Lands has initiated. Since the program's inception in 2010, families, individuals, schools and tourists have contributed to over 200,000 park passports in circulation. The booklet is a great resource to learn about Maine's state parks and historic sites. Using the passport is fun and easy. Visit any Maine state park or historic site from May 15 through September. Find the brown passport station and unlock the padlock using the secret code (The combination is the park's establishment date, you can find it on the passport page). Stamp your passport. Passport holders receive an award for every 8 stamps they collect. The more stamps collected, the better the award. The passport program was expanded to include 8 geocache's. There is one geocache at a state park in each of the 8 tourism regions. Passports can be obtained for $1 at all Maine State Parks. Passport Program details are available at: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/discover_history_explore_nature/activities/passport_program.shtmlThe Game Loft is an award winning 4-H out of school time program that for the past 20 years has been serving the educational, emotional, and social needs of youth in Waldo County. The Game Loft is a free program open to all youth, 50 weeks a year, between the ages of 6-18 who are in school or are home-schooled. Currently the program serves 200+ regularly attending members in Belfast and at Mount. View Middle School in Thorndike. The Game Loft's primary program, offered to all participants, provides friends, food, and safety. Highly trained staff mentor youth and create a safe and welcoming atmosphere. A USDA-approved menu of lunch and snacks is provided daily. I Know ME is a program of relationships and broadening horizons. The Game Loft will guide at least ten youth per year for the next six years in a program to learn about the state of Maine and to engage with Maine's history, geography, economics, people, promise, and challenges. The young people in the program will be studying all facets of Maine through trips and other after-school adventures.For information is avail[...]



Attorney General Mills and FTC take joint enforcement action against advertiser and telemarketer of supplements

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:23:43 EST

Attorney General Mills and Federal Trade Commission take joint enforcement action against advertiser and telemarketer of supplements

Agency provided deceptive radio ads and telemarketing to Southern Maine-based ‘Direct Alternatives' to promote weight-loss products.

AUGUSTA - Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills today announced that the Federal Trade Commission and the Maine Attorney General's Office have agreed to settle their case against Minnesota-based Marketing Architects, Inc., ("MAI") for its role in promoting weight loss supplements "AF Plus" and "Final Trim." Attorney General Mills and the FTC previously sued and obtained a judgment against Direct Alternatives, of Portland, Maine, for marketing these products. Marketing Architects created radio ads for these products and provided automated telemarketing services to Direct Alternatives to take orders from consumers responding to the ads.

Attorney General Mills and the FTC allege in a federal court complaint that the ads and Marketing Architects' telemarketing system made false, misleading, or deceptive claims and that the company failed to fully disclose critical terms to consumers. The proposed settlement bars the company from making weight-loss claims about dietary supplements that are false. The company has also agreed to pay $2 million to the FTC and to the Maine Attorney General's Office which may be used for restitution consumers who purchased these products.

"When consumers hear ads promising significant weight loss, or specific amounts of weight, they should check with their doctors first," said Attorney General Janet T. Mills. "That is good practice for any dietary supplement. Even if the ad suggests that a listener must act quickly or risk missing the chance to purchase, don't take the bait. Call your doctor instead. And if a company promises you can use a product ‘risk-free' or as a ‘trial', but then asks for your credit card, hang up the phone and research the product first on the Internet or by calling my office or the Better Business Bureau."

The joint complaint alleges that ads created and disseminated by MAI falsely or deceptively claimed that users could lose 30 pounds or more and "experience maximum weight loss - pounds in days." One telemarketing script claimed: "With the metabolism-boosting benefits of AF Plus, you can keep eating your favorite foods and STILL lose pounds and inches - in fact we guarantee it!" The complaint alleges that ads stated that these claims were "proven" but in fact lacked scientific support. The complaint further alleges that MAI created fictitious users of the products and pitched ads deceptively as health news, announcements of studies, and public-service announcements. The complaint also alleges that MAI's telemarketing system promised an ‘absolutely risk-free' trial of the weight-loss products but did not adequately disclose that consumers actually faced the risk of being charged by being automatically enrolled in a monthly continuity shipment plan which they had to affirmatively cancel before an unspecified deadline.

Maine and the FTC filed the Complaint and the proposed Order in federal court in the District of Maine. The stipulated Order will have the force of law if and when approved and signed by a District Court judge upon reviewing the case.

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Proponents submit petitions to place ranked choice voting people's veto on June ballot

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:59:59 EST

AUGUSTA - The Elections Division of the Department of the Secretary of State today received petitions for the people's veto of "An Act to Implement Ranked-choice Voting in 2021." The proponents of this veto effort submitted 13,440 petitions with an estimated 72,175 signatures to the Elections Division on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Elections Division staff will now have until March 5 to certify the signatures on these petitions, to confirm whether enough valid signatures have been submitted to qualify the question for the June 12, 2018 ballot. The number of valid signatures of registered Maine voters currently required is 61,123 (10% of the total votes cast for Governor at the November 4, 2014 General Election).

Petitions for this effort were issued on Nov. 6, 2017. This people's veto effort would repeal parts of Public Law 2017, Chapter 316, which was passed by the Maine Legislature in October 2017. The law would delay the implementation of ranked-choice voting until December 1, 2021 unless, prior to that date, the voters of the State ratify an amendment to the constitution of Maine; and would indefinitely postpone implementation if the constitutional change is not made.

Ranked-choice voting was initially approved by the voters in November 2016; legislators voted for the delay/indefinite postponement due to constitutional conflicts in the ranked-choice voting law.

The people's veto seeks a partial implementation of ranked-choice voting, as allowed by the Maine Constitution, for Maine's primary elections and for federal elections. If the petitions are certified to meet the signature threshold, ranked-choice voting will be in effect for the June 12, 2018 primary election.

In the event that the veto question is certified to appear on the June 12 ballot: If the ballot question is approved, ranked-choice voting would be used for the offices of U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress for the general election.

If it is not approved, PL 2017, C. 316 will take effect and ranked-choice voting will not be implemented, unless the voters amend the constitution as provided therein. Visit http://maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/citizens/index.html to view the proposed legislation in its entirety.



Governor LePage Makes Maine State Housing Nominations

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:12:36 EST

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 1, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the nominations of George Gervais to be director of the Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) and John Gallagher to serve on the MSHA Board of Directors.

"I am pleased to nominate both George and John to these positions," said Governor LePage. "Our administration has made great strides in making Maine State Housing a more effective and efficient organization for the people it serves. George will bring strong management skills to the position from his current position as DECD Commissioner, and John, as the immediate past director, will be an important asset to the board during this transition."

Gervais, of North Yarmouth, prior to becoming Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), served as assistant commissioner, development program manager and business development specialist at DECD since 2008. DECD administers the Community Development Block Grants, which invest about $2.7 million annually in housing efforts statewide.

Prior to joining DECD, Gervais served as senior loan officer at Carteret Mortgage Corp. and Dedicated Mortgage Associates, LLC. He also founded Grill Concepts, Inc., and EVO, Inc.

Gervais holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine Orono.

"I am grateful to Governor LePage for this nomination. Access to housing is fundamental to a strong economy, attracting and retaining a vibrant workforce, and supporting Maine's senior citizens. If confirmed, I look forward to building upon the strong foundation and implementing the strategic vision that Maine State Housing has established under John Gallagher's leadership," said Commissioner Gervais.

John Gallagher retired as director of MSHA in November 2017 having served since his appointment by Governor LePage and subsequent confirmation in 2012.

Prior to becoming MSHA director, Gallagher served as executive director of Westbrook Housing Authority and president of Westbrook Development Corporation. His past experience includes service as program manager for the Development Division at MSHA. He has more than 20 years of experience in residential real estate.

Gallagher is certified and trained in public housing management, multi-family housing development finance, and housing credit underwriting. He has held seats on the boards of the Maine Association of Public Housing Directors, Residential Initiatives for Maine, the Southern Maine Affordable Rental Housing Coalition, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, and Avesta Housing.






Willy Wonka second chance winner announced!

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:12:08 EST

The Maine Lottery announced today that Victoria Austin of Waldoboro Maine is the second of two winners in the Lottery's Willy Wonka second chance drawing. Victoria has won a trip for two to Las Vegas, NV and a chance to participate in the Billion Dollar Challenge. Good luck!



February Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:29:32 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2018Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009SPRINGVALE-The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."2017 was a tremendous year for our economy, with all-time highs in the number of private sector jobs reported and an historic unemployment rate of 3.0 in December," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "What this means for job seekers, is there are jobs out there to be had. You don't have to search alone. No-cost workshops, career counseling, and free computer and Internet use to find work are some of the resources available at Maine CareerCenters. You may even be eligible for free training. I encourage you to visit mainecareercenter.gov to learn more."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.**Monthly Job Fair - Monday, February 26, 1 to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be at the York County CareerCenter interviewing for current openings. Please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml for a list of participating employers. The list will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, February 5 and 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.**A FREE interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two to three hours. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit Maine Educational Opportunity Center's website, meoc.maine.edu.**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, February 20, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon**Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the dos and don'ts of resume writing and how to stand out in a positive way. Then we'll show you how to emphasize your skills and motivate the interviewer to hire you. Call 324-5460 today to reserve a seat.**GATEways to Employment - Wednesday, February 21, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon**Join this workshop for a basic overview of CareerCenter Services as well as resume, interview and job search skills. Gateway to Employment gives an overview of basic information on Resumes, Interviews and Job Search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Seats are limited, please call 324-5460 to register.**Career Exploration Workshop - Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23**This extensive and informative workshop will be offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Clients at the Springvale CareerCenter. Vocational Rehabilitation clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths, and research the required skills needed for these careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Employer Recruitments for Janaury at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates.**- CoWorx and MASIS - Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28, noon to 3:00 p.m. Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of I.D. Schedule is[...]