Mainebiz cites UMaine in report on state’s new director of business development, innovation

Mainebiz reported Charlotte Mace will lead the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s new Office of Business Development and Innovation. Mace most recently served as the executive director of Biobased Maine, a nonprofit trade association focused on creating high-paying manufacturing jobs in rural Maine, according to the article. Her efforts to make Maine a world leader in bio-based manufacturing got a big boost in summer 2016, when the U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a $519,930 grant to Biobased Maine as part of a three-year $856,549 project in partnership with the University of Maine to develop a “road map” to advance bio-based manufacturing in the state, Mainebiz reported. Grant funds also will be used to market Maine’s bio-based assets to investors in new technologies and processes and provide technical assistance to help Maine forest products manufacturers and users implement new bio-based technologies, the article states.