"While we're transitioning with this new administration, I think all of us are hopeful to hear what we're thinking would be the best ways to move the state of Maine forward," said Todd Saucier, United Insurance's vice president for commercial lines, who was among those who attended.
During her presentation, Johnson said the department has begun a 10-year growth plan with the goal of creating jobs and keeping people in Maine -- "not just in pockets, but really leveraging community assets into growth potential for the whole state."
Jessie Pottle, marketing director for the engineering firm CES Inc., said she hopes the project will address company concerns.
"Workforce is a huge challenge for us and we have open positions across the state," Pottle said.
The commissioner said there are still many questions that need to be answered, such as, "Are we improving wages across the state? Are we attracting a workforce and lining up skills to business needs? Have we stabilized the environment for businesses to be able to make their own private investments?"
Johnson said Gov. Mill will have the plan ready by November.