James C. McConnon
Office: 101A Libby Hall
Phone: (207) 581-3165
Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University;
M.Agr. Agricultural Economics, Penn State University;
B.S. Business Administration, Drexel University
Regional and Community Economic Development; Innovation; Small Business Management
Jim McConnon is an Extension Business and Economics Specialist and Professor of Economics at the University of Maine. He joined the faculty of the University of Maine in 1989. Dr. McConnon’s work is primarily in the areas of small business management, entrepreneurship and retail trade. Dr. McConnon has conducted hundreds of educational workshops and seminars on topics related to business development such as marketing, pricing, business planning, customer service, and financial management. More than 8,000 Maine people have participated in his educational programs. Dr. McConnon also conducts the Trade Area Analysis Extension program, which he co-developed while at Iowa State University.
Dr. McConnon’s research has focused on topics such as: regional retail trade patterns, economic impact analysis, economic importance of home-based and micro-enterprises, agri-tourism, and small business development. He was a co-investigator on a four-year USDA Fund for Rural America project analyzing the economics of grocery store retailing in rural Maine. He was recently a co-investigator on a funded project to enhance the business support infrastructure for micro-entrepreneurs in Eastern Maine. He has made presentations at many regional and national conferences and has published his work in a variety of outlets including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of the Community Development Society, the Journal of Travel Research, the Journal of Extension, and Applied Economic Letters.
Dr. McConnon was selected as the 2001 Home-Based Business Advocate of the Year for Maine and the New England Region by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2007, he received the Outstanding Public Service Award from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture at the University of Maine. In 2008, he received the Excellence in Community Development Programming–Team Award from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.
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