Building the next generation of skilled workers is a national challenge. Maine can be a leader in its approach to building a trained workforce with your help! Join MEREDA for Breakfast in Biddeford at Pepperell Mill Campus on November 29th for a conversation with Labor Economist John Dorrer and Matthew Marks, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Maine. Recruiting and training a highly skilled workforce are key to industry growth and profitability -we must meet the challenge. About the Panelists: John Dorrer is a labor economist and workforce analyst who has been tracking Maine workforce and labor market issues for over 40 years. Dorrer has worked at the local, state and national level in a variety of leadership, executive and technical roles, including Chief Workforce Strategist, Maine Community College System, Senior Advisor at Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce, Director of Labor Market Research at Jobs for the Future in Boston, Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor, Director, Center for Workforce Research and Information at the Maine Department of Labor, Deputy Director, Workforce Development Programs at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington D.C. John has held many appointments to multiple national and state panels, boards and study groups including Public Policy Advisory Committee, Boston Federal Reserve Bank, Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission and Maine Economic Growth Council, Trustee, Mid-Coast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) 2011-2015 and currently, serves as Board Member, Maine Center for Economic Policy, Coastal Enterprises Inc.(CEI), Research Committee, Maine Economic Focus Initiative and Alfond Leaders Advisory Committee. Matthew Marks, a native of South Portland, Maine, was selected as the Chief Executive Officer of the Associated General Contractors of Maine in August 2012. In 2008 he joined AGC Maine as the Chief Operations Officer. As the COO he managed the regulatory issues for the Chapter. He is a graduate of University of Southern Maine?s Applied Technical Leadership Program. In 2013, he was selected as the University of Southern Maine?s Applied Sciences Alumnus of the Year. Matt served on various active committees including the Maine Dig Safe Advisory Board, AGC Maine Education Foundation, Aquatic Resources Management Strategy Steering Committee, and the Southern Maine Community College Building Division Advisory Board. Prior to joining AGC Maine he was employed by a diversified family business that included construction, fuel, transportation and property development.