PORTLAND, Maine —Live and Work in Maine (liveandworkinmaine.com) has hired its first employee, naming Nate Wildes as Engagement Director. This position will focus on building partnerships with employers and promoting engagement with job seekers to ultimately increase the number of people who choose to Live and Work in Maine.
Before joining Live and Work in Maine, Wildes was an independent consultant focusing on startups, business development and e-commerce. He previously served as Assistant Brand Manager at Eureka! Ranch International, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based consulting firm that helps organizations transform innovation from a random gamble to a reliable system for growth.
The Live and Work in Maine website invites individuals who relocate or return to Maine to post their stories of why they chose Maine, what surprised them about the state, what life is like now that they’re here, and more. “Maine offers a quality of life you just can’t beat,” says Nate. “While I live an easy commuting distance to Portland, I have miles of beaches and rocky coastline right outside my door, with ski mountains an easy day-trip away. While my internet speeds available here on Great Island in Harpswell, Maine are faster than most (100mbps), should I need to be in Boston for the day, getting there involves driving a few miles to the Amtrak Downeaster train station and enjoying their wifi and craft beer for a couple of hours while the conductor does the ‘driving.’ ”
Nate’s full story, along with others who have chosen to Live and Work in Maine, are online at liveandworkinmaine.com/blog.
Nate is a graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned his bachelor’s in Political Science, with a minor in Innovation Engineering. He grew up in Cumberland and has previously lived in Washington, DC and Cincinnati, OH. He and his partner, Jamie, reside in Harpswell.
LiveandWorkinMaine.com’s mission is to show the world that when it comes to quality of life and career opportunities, you can have the best of both worlds by choosing to live and work in Maine. The site, just launched in November, is a robust resource for job seekers which enables searching for future employers by geography and lifestyle. Via the nearly 200 employer profiles created already, job seekers can learn more about specific job opportunities, send resumes directly to employers, and find more information about the culture and mission of the employer organization. The site also includes testimonials from professionals who have relocated to Maine, details on internships and first career options for college students and new graduates, and information on the lifestyle offered by each of Maine’s eight geographic regions.