Economic Development

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UMaine researchers testing lobster shells to thwart potato soil pathogens

Scientists at the University of Maine are evaluating if lobster shells can cultivate beneficial microbial communities that ward off soilborne potato pathogens. The novel shell-to-spud combination may connect two cornerstones of Maine’s food system and enhance the state’s circular economy.  Potatoes are Maine’s top agricultural commodity with a value of more than $215 million in […]

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UMaine Office of Innovation and Economic Development rebrands as SPIRE

University of Maine president Joan Ferrini-Mundy has announced the rebranding of the Office of Innovation and Economic Development (OIED) as the Office of Strategic Partnerships, Innovation, Resources and Engagement (SPIRE). Building on the work OIED already does, SPIRE will be wholly focused on fulfilling the university’s service mission through a strong emphasis on strategic partnerships, […]

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‘The Maine Question’ looks back its seventh season

Season seven of “The Maine Question” podcast covered a broad variety of subjects in research and higher education. Topics ranged from archaeology to space research, and from the challenges in K–12 education to toxic forever chemicals and efforts to mitigate them. In the tenth and final episode this season, host Ron Lisnet looks back on […]

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Liza White: Engineering new applications for paper mill products

Growing up in Rumford, Maine, Liza White learned the extent to which paper manufacturers contribute to the rural economies in which they operate. Residents would regularly say “paper is money” in relation to the mill’s importance; they would celebrate its successes and shudder when it struggled.  Changes in global demand have brought both economic uncertainty […]

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UMaine receives award from Governor’s Energy Office to launch new programs and courses on offshore wind

University of Maine faculty will help meet the workforce demand of the offshore wind industry by offering students more training for future careers with new courses, micro-credentials and an undergraduate concentration in offshore wind energy, made possible with a $266,669 award from the Governor’s Energy Office’s Clean Energy Partnership program. The initiative, OffshoreWind4Maine, led by […]

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‘The Maine Question’ explores new frontiers for state’s space economy 

University of Maine research and education have ascended beyond Earth’s atmosphere since the 1990s. For example, UMaine scientists have tested the latest hypervelocity decelerators for NASA space travel and created a wireless leak detection system for the International Space Station. Through its latest inventions and studies, and scholarship and fellowship programs, UMaine plays a critical […]

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Groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 1 for $28M hotel project at UMaine

Editor’s note: story updated Oct. 7, 2022. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Oct. 1 at the University of Maine for a $28 million project to renovate Coburn and Holmes halls, two of the oldest buildings on campus, both of which have been unoccupied for more than a decade, and develop them into boutique hotels. […]

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MBS’ Percival Carter, Welcomer awarded $292K Small Business Administration grant for BARD program

Editors note: story updated Sept. 22, 2022. The Business, Agriculture, and Rural Development (BARD) technical assistance training program in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine has received a $292,000 award from the Small Business Administration that was requested by Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King through the FY22 Congressionally Directed Spending process, known […]

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