As Gov. Janet Mills promised, she replaced the "Open for Business" highway sign, put up by her predecessor, with one that reads "Welcome Home." Credit: Courtesy of Gov. Janet Mills' Of

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s new governor says she’s taken down her predecessor’s “Open for Business” highway sign and replaced it with one that reads: “Maine Welcome Home.”

The sign is part of Democrat Gov. Janet Mills’ push to attract newcomers, including immigrants and young people, to the aging, rural state. Her office says the sign was installed Thursday on the Maine turnpike in Kittery.

The previous sign greeting drivers entering the state read: “Welcome to Maine The Way Life Should Be,” above a smaller, attached sign that read: “Open for Business.”

Republican Gov. Paul LePage put up the “Open for Business” sign shortly after taking office.

Mills’ office says that installation costs were minimal and that the sign was due for replacement. The new sign is made of recycled aluminum from previous signs.