PORTLAND — Gov.-elect Paul LePage said today that he will seek input from the private sector so his administration will be able to improve the state’s business climate.

“It’s not going to be business as usual. It’s going to be, ‘You want to put people to work? How can we help you?’ ” LePage told an audience of 400 people at the Portland Community Chamber’s Eggs and Issues breakfast.

LePage announced that he wants Bruce Poliquin, a former rival for the Republican nomination, to serve as the state’s treasurer. Poliquin is a business investor and housing developer.

“i think it’s really high time we get the right people in the right jobs so we can move ahead,” LePage said.

LePage said he spent time Thursday reaching out to Democrats. He said it was important that they find common ground and work together before moving on to issues that require negotiation.