Economic Development

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A taste of the Maine woods is brewing in Orono

The University of Maine’s forestry faculty have teamed up with Black Bear Brewing Company and Marsh Island Brewing to serve up Green Growth, a spruce tip pale ale, this July. The idea was originally conceived by Daniel Hayes and Aaron Weiskittel of UMaine’s School of Forest Resources. They were planning to host a boreal forest […]

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UMaine receives federal funds for transportation research center, media report

WABI (Channel 5), Mainebiz, the Bangor Daily News and the Associated Press reported the University of Maine will receive a $2,570,600 grant to lead a coalition of New England universities in the creation of a University Transportation Center (UTC). UMaine will receive about $14 million over the next five years toward leading transportation research to […]

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Porter speaks with WABI about new potato variety

Gregory Porter, a professor of plant, soil, and environmental sciences, as well as agronomy at the University of Maine, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about a new gourmet potato variety developed by UMaine. Sporting a unique skin pattern, the Pinto Gold has been in development for 12 years, WABI reported. Out of 50,000 individual varieties […]

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Media cover innovation showcase at UMaine

Mainebiz published a University of Maine news release to preview a showcase featuring five innovative devices designed as part of the Maine Innovation, Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA) program at UMaine and presented at the Foster Center for Student Innovation on May 30. MIRTA projects are all related to Maine businesses or industries key to […]

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Coastal Journal reports on Oyster Trail of Maine

Coastal Journal published an article on the Oyster Trail of Maine. The trail is the result of the combined efforts of several organizations including Maine Sea Grant, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Aquaculture Association, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, In a Half Shell, and the Maine Office of Tourism, according to the article. It was […]

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BDN reports on Darling Marine Center renovations

The Bangor Daily News reported the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole is in the planning phase of a $3 million upgrade, which will include rebuilding the boat ramp, renovating the center’s flowing seawater laboratory, and upgrading the pump system that provides water from the tidal river to the lab. DMC officials hope […]

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Trostel quoted in Times Record article on workforce board facing funding cuts

Philip Trostel, a professor in the School of Economics, was quoted in a Times Record article about Brunswick-based Coastal Counties Workforce Inc. learning it will likely face cuts in its federal funding in the next fiscal year. The nonprofit is one of three workforce boards in Maine that provides resources and services to help Mainers […]

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UMaine research cited in Hakai Magazine article on rockweed

University of Maine research was mentioned in a Hakai Magazine article about Maine rockweed. The sea vegetable has become a valuable commercial product, an ingredient in everything from fertilizers to pet foods to nutritional supplements, according to the article. In 2017, Maine’s rockweeders gathered nearly 9 million kilograms and raked in over $600,000 — roughly […]

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Mainebiz reports on Top Gun winners

Mainebiz reported Erica Schmitz, founder of the Portland startup MyBodyModel, was the grand prize winner at the Top Gun Showcase finals. Top Gun is the annual program for competitively selected entrepreneurs sponsored by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and its partners, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and […]

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UMaine mentioned in BDN article on proposed farm bill

The University of Maine was mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “Proposed farm bill could mean bad news for Maine’s organic farmers.” Reviewed and renewed every five years, the farm bill includes funding and policy language on federal trade, commodity programs, rural development, conservation, agricultural research, food and nutrition programs and marketing, the article […]

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