Economic Development

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UMaine to propel aquaculture innovation and workforce with new facility

Development, design and engineering of the University of Maine’s Sustainable Aquaculture Workforce Innovation Center (SAWIC) will proceed this fall. SAWIC will advance aquaculture talent development and innovation for Maine and beyond. The University of Maine System (UMS) Board of Trustees approved moving forward with the design process for the 14,200-square-foot facility during its regular meeting […]

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Maine media highlight UMaine Food Innovation Lab

The Portland Press Herald and Mainebiz reported on the development of the new University of Maine Food Innovation lab. The facility, which  is expected to open by the end of 2025, will feature three commercial food processing rooms, a walk-in cooler and freezer, various processing equipment, blast-freezing equipment, kettles, a classroom and more. At its […]

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Apply for MIRTA accelerator’s sixth cohort

The University of Maine’s Office of Strategic Partnerships, Innovation, Resources, and Engagement (SPIRE) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Maine Innovation, Research, and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA) program.  The MIRTA program is designed to propel University of Maine System research projects from the applied research and development phase to commercialization. The program offers a comprehensive […]

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Forest-based economy, jobs focus of new university-nonprofit partnership

A $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a four-year statewide collaborative project led by the University of Maine to foster resilient forest communities in Maine.   Maine-FOREST, or Forest-based Opportunities for Resilient Economy, Sustainability and Technology, will expand the state’s research and educational capacity to connect human and ecosystem focused innovations and […]

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Press Herald, News Center cover first statewide AI conference

The Portland Press Herald and News Center Maine reported on the inaugural artificial intelligence conference hosted by the University of Maine and held at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Friday, June 14. Leaders in business, government and academia participated in panel discussions aimed at helping the state’s businesses know how they can […]

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News Center highlights ASCC’s wood fiber insulation R & D

News Center Maine highlighted the research and development partnership between the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the co-founders of TimberHP to create wood fiber insulation. The insulation, made from wood chips, is renewable, recyclable and carbon-negative. It is being produced at an old paper mill in Madison and has gained interest […]

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Android co-founder headlining Maine Innovation Exchange

Entrepreneurs seeking ideas, support networks and resources for revolutionizing their business and adapting to an evolving economy are invited to attend the Maine Innovation Exchange, headlined by Android co-founder and venture capitalist Rich Miner and TimberHP President and CEO Joshua Henry.   The Maine Innovation Exchange will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, June […]

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New initiative unites Maine’s innovators to bolster STEM research and workforce

An $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a four-year initiative led by the University of Maine to bolster STEM research capacity and education from Kittery to Fort Kent and dismantle systemic barriers to innovation. Maine-SMART, or Strengthening Maine’s Research Ecosystem and Pathways Through Strategic Capacity Building, will support more than 200 […]

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Maine Monitor features economic study on ponds from UMaine

A recent study from the University of Maine and Maine Department of Environmental Protection titled “Valuing the Economic Benefits of Maine’s Great Ponds in the 21st Century” was featured in a report from The Maine Monitor. It found that Maine’s lakes and ponds provide approximately $14 billion per year in economic impact. The Portland Press […]

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