AUGUSTA — A new free monthly webinar series analyzing Maine workforce strategies launched this month with a conversation about managing remote workers.

The series, called Business Blueprint: Workforce Strategies in Maine’s Evolving Economy, features guests with lived experience and subject matter expertise, sharing best practices, opportunities, and resources to benefit Maine businesses and workers.

The series is produced and presented by The Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce, the short-term workforce training center for the Maine Community College System, according to a news release from the center.

Guests Bruce Walker from L.L. Bean and Julia Trujillo Luengo with the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development talked with host Joshua Howe, MCCS deputy executive director of workforce training and remote work.

Luengo updated viewers on the implementation of the state’s 10-year economic plan and the initial findings of a recent employer survey, and Walker shared how L.L. Bean has expanded remote work in recent years, how remote work has impacted company culture, and the lessons learned since COVID.

“This is a timely, practical kickoff to a webinar series that we hope will be truly useful to Maine businesses and workers,” said Dan Belyea, chief workforce development officer of the Harold Alfond Center. “In conversation with our 1,300-plus business partners across the state, we’ve learned there is a tremendous appetite for this kind of conversation between business leaders. Collectively, we are our own best partners, sharing our experiences and knowledge broadly and helping each other face the challenges and opportunities in Maine’s changing economy. We’re looking to provide real solutions to real problems — and add value that lifts up businesses of all sizes across the state.”

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