Show Notes

Air Date: 3/9/2021

Why Maine is not just Vacationland, Live and Work in Maine

Maine is not just a place to go on vacation. It is a great place to live and work! In this episode, Katie Shorey talks about all the different opportunities that are available to people who want to live in Maine, from welcoming events to tax credits. Katie shares some of the PR and marketing efforts that go into attracting workers to Maine or getting people to rejoin the workforce. Learn how you can find career opportunities in Maine in this episode.

1:03 – With the influx of people moving to Maine, Katie shares some resources for people who have just moved here.

3:10 – Katie talks about how Live + Work in Maine engages with employers across the state.

6:45 – Katie describes how Maine will attract or retrain the 70,000 people we need to enter the workforce in the next 10 years.

10:53 – Katie explains what kinds of events Live + Work in Maine sponsors.

14:14 – Katie defines a boomerang in relation to living and working in Maine.

15:22 – Katie talks about the team at Live + Work in Maine.

19:11 – Katie describes Maine Career Compass.

22:50 – Katie shares how Live + Work and Maine works with Boots2Roots.

25:41 – Katie talks about the Imagine ME and You event series.

29:17 – Katie explains how Live + Work in Maine works with the state’s economic recovery committee.

30:42 – Katie talks about the Opportunity Tax Credit.

32:45 – Katie shares a few resources that she likes to use.



“We are seeing people move to the state left and right from all across the US and we have received some information from Zillow that confirmed that as well. People from New Jersey, New York, Boston, Nashville, I mean from all over, are really looking to move to Maine, so that’s exciting.” – Katie Shorey, director of engagement at Live + Work in Maine



Live + Work in Maine

Bath Iron Works



Dead River Company

Bangor Savings Bank

Roux Institute at Northeastern University

Women in Technology

Imagine ME + YOU

Gary Crocker

Startup Maine

Educate Maine

Maine Career Compass


Opportunity Tax Credit


Maine Career Connect



Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Disrupters by Dr. Patti Fletcher

Dock & Dine


Listen to Michael Bourque’s episode to learn more about MEMIC.

Listen to Ed McKersie’s episode to learn more about ProSearch and Live + Work in Maine.

Listen to Steve Lyons’ episode to learn more about Visit Maine.

Listen to Laurie Lachance’s episode to learn more about Thomas College.

Listen to Erin Ovalle’s episode to learn more about Maine Life Media.


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About the guest:

Katie Shorey is the director of engagement at Live + Work in Maine (LWM), and a proud boomerang. In her role at LWM, she develops partnerships with employer partners, community organizations, and officials within the State of Maine. The nonprofit, focused on talent attraction & retention in the state, executes marketing campaigns, in-person events, and develops PR strategies to showcase Maine for its quality of life and career opportunities. Katie returned to Maine after working in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. Prior to LWM, Katie was the business & community liaison for People’s United Bank and then worked at WEX on the New Business Ventures team.

Katie is active in economic development initiatives to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship. She serves as president of Startup Maine, a nonprofit that serves as a convener, educator and catalyst of the Maine startup ecosystem. In addition to Startup Maine, she serves on the advisory board of Maine Accelerates Growth, is a certified SCORE mentor and former workshop facilitator, and is a board member of the Portland Community Chamber. She attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and Fryeburg Academy.


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