AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Representatives of several Maine companies gathered in Auburn today to hear how Procter and Gamble has successfully relied on people with disabilities to help their business' bottom line.
About 25 workers with some sort of disability perform tasks that save the company a lot of money, including Anna Brooks.
"Right now with the economy as it is, it's hard for people to find jobs, but working at Procter & Gamble Tambrands it's opened the door, opened opportunities for me. I get to interact with people", she said.
Business representatives at the forum also heard how important it will be to tap into this untapped workforce to help meet a major challenge to the state's economy that's looming right around the corner. Maine's birthrate is in decline and it's population aging rapidly. If those trends continue it will be tough finding enough workers to fill the jobs in Maine.
The Maine State Chamber of Commerce is working on an ambitious goal of getting 10-thousand people with disabilities into the state workforce by the year 2020.