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Live and Work in Maine to host event to prove you can go home again

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — On Dec. 2, non-profit organization Live and Work in Maine, will hold a “Welcome Home” event at the Northeastland Hotel at 5 p.m. in Presque Isle.

The event was originally targeted at “boomerangs,” a term that describes a person who started out in the state, left, and then came back. This time, not only is the event targeted at boomerangs, but also at those who have chosen to call Maine their home for the first time.

The event will offer residents the chance to meet new people, be it boomerangs, lifetime residents, visitors to the state, and everyone in between. It will allow for an open discussion about what living in Maine has been like, as well as a look at employment opportunities for residents in the area.

“The idea is really helping people build community,” said Live and Work in Maine Engagement Director Katie Shorey. “It is one thing to build a professional network, but helping people make social connections, finding people and friends, really helps with retention, and we want these events to serve a purpose of connecting people.”

Live and Work in Maine is a non-profit organization that began in 2015, with the mission of drawing more people to come and live in Maine. They focus on talent attraction and retention and also have the goal of combating Maine’s demographic challenge, and highlight Maine as a career destination.

This will be a pilot year for in-person events with the organization. Live and Work in Maine hopes that by hosting these welcome events, they will have the opportunity to host them in more towns throughout the state, and start a positive precedent, according to Shorey.

For information about Live and Work in Maine can be found on their website.

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