Economic Development

An illustration of the completed hotel project on UMaine's campus

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

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. With the construction of a new 24,800-square-foot […]

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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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AP notes UMaine role in USDA forest carbon storage project

The Associated Press reported that the University of Maine will partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their New England Climate-Smart Forest Partnership Project, which will build markets for climate-smart forest products to store carbon in wood products and substitute wood products for fossil fuel-based materials. The project could receive as much as $30 […]

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UMaine Marine Sciences student Cole Roxbury with kelp at the Darling Marine Center. Photo by Adam St. Gelais.

UMaine researchers look into how to make kelp aquaculture a better carbon sink

Cost-effective carbon dioxide removal technologies play a key role in combating climate change. A team of researchers at the University of Maine in collaboration with Conscience Bay Research have developed a kelp aquaculture model for the Gulf of Maine that maximizes carbon sequestration and cost effectiveness of this natural carbon sink. Wild macroalgae is one […]

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UMaine testing natural control for berry-eating pest

A natural control for an invasive fly that has plagued soft-fruit crops like Maine’s wild blueberries is being tested by scientists at the University of Maine. Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) infest healthy, ripening fruit with their eggs and larvae, impacting their marketability. Without control measures, the flies can destroy nearly 80% of late-season berry crops. […]

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PBS interviews Eddy, Bouchard about aquaculture sustainability

PBS interviewed Steve Eddy, director of the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, and Deborah Bouchard, director of the university’s Aquaculture Research Institute, about new ways to make the industry more sustainable. Eddy discussed using lumpfish to remove sea lice from farmed salmon, as opposed to expensive showers to wash fish from boats. […]

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