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New Office in Ellsworth Marries Employees and Employers 

Catherine Pegram

A new facility matching people looking for jobs with businesses offering jobs is now open in Hancock County. Community leaders cut the ribbon today on an office they hope will boost the local economy and workforce. Eastern Maine Development Corporation and the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board consider themselves in the match-making business. In this office in the Mill Mall in Ellsworth, they hope to marry employees with employers.Roxanne Jobe, a community and business development specialist at EMDC, says”We now have the ability to help businesses find workers or help workers find the businesses that are looking for them.”The organizations teamed up last year when the Tri-County Workforce, which helps Mainers find jobs, nearly had to close in Ellsworth, because of a tight budget. Jon Farley, Director of Economic and Workforce Development at EMDC, says now they can offer help to both workers and businesses under one roof.”Interviewing, developing resumes, practicing their pitch for their job search. We’re also listing job hires. This is a place where employers can list their job openings.”Jobe says for businesses, “We have a lending department that works with small business loans and lending. We have small business development councilors on staff.”Officials say Hancock County is primed for new economic growth. They hope the free services here will encouraging people to prepare for the jobs businesses are trying to fill, while helping those businesses expand their payrolls.Farley says “We’re in direct contact with all of the employers in the region. We’ll have staff who’ll be going out to visit businesses to interview them to determine what their needs for new employees.”Jobe adds “We’re bringing all of those pieces together that make a great workforce, a skilled workforce and also have access to the businesses that are going to need them going forward in to the future.”