With a new school year comes a new chance to volunteer and impact Portland Region’s students. Returning for the 2016-17 is Portland High School’s Bulldog Block, which affords Greater Portland’s business community an opportunity to teach and connect with students at Portland High School.
The Bulldog block, which is run through Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) program, exposes students to relevant and interesting topics of their choosing via volunteer presenters from Portland’s business community.
The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the additions of Vice President Jahnna Steindl and Membership Development Manager Tony Silvernagel as the organization continues to make the case for growth in the Greater Portland Region.
The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management (MESHRM) has announced finalists in the 11th annual "Best Places to Work in Maine" program. The 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine list recognizes companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments. In June, the program manager, Best Companies Group, gathered information from all nominees including; employee benefits, workplace policies and employee responses to a comprehensive satisfaction survey. This data is used to determine one winner in each business category.
The program is part of a long-term initiative to encourage growth and excellence throughout all Maine companies. All participating companies receive an “Employee Feedback Report” in an effort to help Maine businesses improve their scores. The report summarizes employee engagement, satisfaction data and includes the transcript of employees’ written comments.
The report is used by many organizations to make significant improvements in their workplace culture. The top 10 winners from each category will be revealed in ranked order at an awards banquet on October 4th and will receive a feature story in Mainebiz.
A special congratulations to the 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine Chamber members:
Inside City Hall Chris Quint, PCCC City Council Liaison July 6, 2016
Housing continues to be a major focus for the Council The Portland City Council Housing Committee met on June 22 to continue their work to address the housing challenges in the city.
City housing staff walked the Committee through their Housing Policy Work Plan memo from June 17 which provides information and data, compiled by city staff at the request of committee members, on a list of 17 policy recommendations that the Committee wanted to explore in greater detail. The 17 policies were part of the larger 135+ list that was compiled from over four months of public meetings held by the Committee.