AUGUSTA — Maine’s Senate president has created a group that aims to foster collaboration between lawmakers and the business community.

Senate President Michael Thibodeau’s Business Advisory Council is made up of business leaders representing various sectors across Maine. The group held its first meeting in Augusta last week.

Thibodeau says it’s crucial for lawmakers to have input from the business community as they work to craft policies to grow the economy and create jobs. He says the council will influence and inform legislation and participate in the development of government regulations and policies.