Publisher’s Message: December 2021

Plans have been released for a $600 million, 110-acre development at Rock Row in Westbrook. The project is set to be the largest conference and meeting center in the state of Maine.

The past year has unarguably been filled with ups and downs, setbacks and achievements, not only for us at High-Profile but all across our industry.

Here at HP, we added two members to our growing team. Emma Gottschlk joined the company as our part-time social media coordinator, and Kira Kusakavitch is our new associate editor and outreach coordinator. Both women were interns with HP before coming on board, and we’re excited to welcome them to the HP family!

Anastasia Barnes

March 2021 marked the first issue that we had a section dedicated to highlighting the people, companies and organizations working to further justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (J.E.D.I.) in their workplaces and communities, and helping educate and implement change in our industry. I reached out to some professionals that I knew personally and some that I didn’t know at all, and HP’s J.E.D.I. Editorial Committee was born. We meet once a month via Zoom to share and discuss topics for each issue. Additionally, our third annual Women In Construction supplement, also published in March, featured over 70 diverse women from a variety of disciplines. It was our biggest Women In Construction supplement yet!

This year, we also added “Training and Recruitment” as a section in the paper (and on 2022’s editorial calendar). In response to the workforce shortage, companies and organizations are taking it upon themselves to recruit the next generation of workers. In fact, ABC NH/VT has teamed up with three other organizations in the state of New Hampshire to create a Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship program is specifically designed to help address a shortage of carpenters in the state. Read the full article on page 46.

July of this year marked my one year anniversary as a business owner and publisher. It’s been a challenging transition, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. Michael Barnes, my father and HP’s founder, left big shoes to fill…only he never had to wear heels!

This issue features our annual Year-in-Review section. Beginning on page 10, take a minute to glance back at all the groundbreakings that took place in 2021. Construction didn’t seem to slow down, not in New England. Despite a challenging year, the strength and determination of every member of our industry was displayed in the start of every new project.

I have so much gratitude for the opportunity to lead this publication. I’m grateful for my employees and for our devoted readers, advertisers and contributors.

I hope you enjoy the last issue of 2021!

Best Wishes,

Anastasia Barnes

Read HP’s December 2021 issue now!