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SOE faculty Jim McConnon helps coordinate the Maine Black Bear Business Conference

Jim helped organize the UMaine Alumni Association sponsored conference “Making it in Maine – Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology” which was held April 25th at the Buchanan Alumni House on Campus. Dr. McConnon also served as a panelist during the conference which was designed to bring together UMaine faculty, economic development staff, students, and successful entrepreneurs to share ideas, resources, and strategies for successfully starting a growing a business in Maine. Jim also coordinated a luncheon between SOE graduate students and business leaders.

SOE partners with Bates, Bowdoin and Colby to sponsor the second annual Maine Economics Conference

The conference took place at Colby College; more than 40 economists from across the state gathered to learn about the latest economic research, and establish and renew ​​collaborations with other Maine scholars. The conference also included a poster session featuring research by students from Bowdoin, Bates, Colby, and the University of Maine.

The conference was organized by faculty from all four schools.  Three faculty members from SOE presented their latest research and four SOE graduate students presented poster sessions:

Eva Manandhar: “Message Framing and People’s Perception about Wind Power in Maine”

Johanna Barrett: “Muncipality-Level Characteristics of Local Food Exchanges in Maine”

Sandra Goff: “Do Dollars Degrade Sustainability Norms? An Experiment to Assess the Effect of Economic Valuation Information on Pro-Environmental Behavior”

Steven Dutra: “Economic Feasibility of Distributed Solar Water Heating in Maine”

For more information about the conference and poster sessions, please click on the link here.

School of Economics Professors and Students attend Maine Water and Sustainability Conference

  Kay Mann of Green Energy Maine wrote about the event held:

“On April 1, 2014, Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center presented a daylong session on “Maine’s Energy Future” at the 2014 Maine Water & Sustainability Conference, held at the Augusta Civic Center. The Chair of the session was Dr. Caroline Noblet, University of Maine School of Economics.

This session examined Maine’s energy future and the different options and strategies being proposed and implemented to further the state’s energy security. Presentations included research and applications related to the economic, environmental and social impacts of: renewable energy technologies under development in Maine including tidal, off-shore wind and bioenergy; the transition from reliance on oil; the role of efficiency in lowering energy needs and the potential for using Maine’s biomass and waste stream.”

You can read about various  presentations at

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Governor LePage cites Professor Gabe’s report on the maple syrup industry

At a Blaine House event, the Governor touted the industry by citing Todd Gabe’s new study highlighting the economic impact of Maine’s Maple Industry.

“Maine’s maple industry contributes an estimated $27.7 million directly to the Maine economy,” said Governor LePage. “The new study also shows that Maine’s maple industry has an annual statewide economic contribution, including multiplier effects, of an estimated $48.7 million in output, 805 full- and part-time jobs and $25.1 million in labor income. Most importantly, this industry has a huge potential for additional job creation.

Other key findings of the study by University of Maine Professor of Economics Todd Gabe:
Maine has the third largest maple industry in the United States.  Maine’s maple industry is characterized by a relatively small number of farms accounting for the vast majority of syrup that is produced.  Maine’s licensed maple syrup producers have been in operation an average of 24 years, and many of the farms appear to span multiple generations.  Maine’s maple industry—which counts the licensed producers, and sales at retail food stores and businesses impacted by Maine Maple Sunday—generates 567 full- and part-time jobs, and $17.3 million in labor income.”

See the Maine Sun Journal story!

Mike Montgomery highlighted in Choosing the Right College 2014-15

Mike Montgomery highlighted as a high quality economics faculty in “Choosing the Right College 2014–15: The Inside Scoop on Elite Schools and Outstanding Lesser-Known Institutions.”

Sharon Tisher writes Op-ed for BDN

Maine should lead Washington on climate policy argue Sharon Tisher and Peter Mills in this recent Op-ed for the Bangor Daily News:

Dr. Noblet to present on sustainability at the University of Southern Maine in Portland

Monday, October 28, Dr. Caroline Noblet will be presenting Economics, Psychology, and Sustainability: Oh My! at the University of Southern Maine Portland campus.

For more information, visit, and to register, please visit


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