Office of Innovation and Economic Development partners with economic development organizations throughout Maine to support the growth of the state’s economy. Our partnerships are an important component of our strategy to create new jobs and companies through research and development.
Some of our partners include:
Bangor Region Development Alliance – UMaine is a member of this organization that attracts companies to locate in the Greater Bangor region. UMaine helps recruit businesses that would benefit from being located near a research center and a large source of potential employees.
Coastal Acadia Development Corporation – UMaine is a partner in this organization that is dedicated to business growth and retention in Hancock County.
Maine Technology Institute – This state-funded organization provides grants to companies commercializing new technologies. More than 50% of the companies receiving grants have partnered with UMaine.
Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership – UMaine works with MEP to help manufacturing and technology companies improve efficiency, eliminate waste, obtain international certifications and commercialize technologies.
Millinocket Area Growth & Investment Council – UMaine is a partner in this organization’s efforts to develop a business incubator in the Business Resource Innovation Center.
Piscataquis County Economic Development Council – UMaine is working with PCEDC and the Town of Greenville to create a wood composites business incubator. UMaine is also working with PCEDC to explore new opportunities for tourism businesses in the region.
Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce – UMaine helps the chamber manage the Composites Technology Center, one the incubators in the Applied Technology Development Center system.
Small Business Development Centers – UMaine works with counselors in the SBDC system to provide business counseling and services to its spin-off companies and incubator tenants.
Target Area Development Corporation – UMaine worked with Target Corporation and the Town of Orono to build the Target Technology Center in the Orono Tech Park. The Town of Orono donated the land and Target built the center, which is leased to information technology-related companies and to UMaine for research space and the the Target Technology Incubator.
For more information, please contact Renee Kelly at 207-581-1401