Economic Development

WGME cites UMaine study in report on state’s pulp and paper industry

WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) cited a study conducted by the Maine Forest Products Council and the University of Maine in a report about the state’s pulp and paper industry. According to the study, the industry had an $8.5 billion economic impact in 2016. “We have gone through some transitions and we’re in the middle […]

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Ellsworth American interviews Yarborough for article on blueberry marketing efforts

The Ellsworth American spoke with David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for the article, “Blueberry growers are looking at marketing for industry relief.” As a blueberry season shortened by bad weather and financial issues comes to an end, industry experts said a smaller crop has the potential to reduce […]

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UMaine cited in Mainebiz article on oyster farming

Research and faculty from the University of Maine were included in a Mainebiz article about the state’s growing oyster farming industry. Oysters are one of Maine’s top three farmed species (along with Atlantic salmon and blue mussels), according to the 2017 Maine Aquaculture Economic Impact Report, published by the UMaine Aquaculture Research Institute. Maine has […]

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Darling Marine Center awarded $1.5M to support aquaculture, media report

The Portland Press Herald, WABI (Channel 5) and Associated Press reported the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole was awarded $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support the development of Maine’s aquaculture industry. The funds will help the center demolish and replace its deteriorated pier, renovate the Flowing Seawater Laboratory, […]

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Kelly quoted in BDN article on powering Bangor region’s economy

Renee Kelly, assistant vice president for innovation and economic development at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “The hidden businesses that power the Bangor region’s economy.” UMaine and other institutions connect different industries and players when they see a possibility for collaboration, according to the article. However, Kelly said, […]

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Federal grant funds ocean monitoring system, WABI reports

WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine recently was awarded a $795,000 grant from the federal government for a buoy and high frequency radar operation to add to their ocean monitoring and studying programs. UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences has been working on a real-time ocean observing system in the Gulf of Maine, WABI […]

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Mainebiz quotes McConnon in story about the Bangor Mall

UMaine professor of economics, Jim McConnon was interviewed for a Mainebiz feature on changing retail trends at the Bangor Mall. With the closure of Macy’s, one of the mall’s four anchor stores, as well as several other smaller retailers, James Gerety, general manager of the Bangor Mall said evolution is necessary and exciting. McConnon said […]

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Press Herald profiles UMaine food scientist

The Portland Press Herald published an interview with Mary Ellen Camire, director of the UMaine Sensory Evaluation Center and professor of food science and human nutrition. Camire’s research focuses on the relationships between consumers and Maine-specific food commodities, like seaweed, potatoes, berries and grains.

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Maine Sea Grant launches Oyster Trail of Maine

Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine has launched the Oyster Trail of Maine, an educational initiative to raise awareness and appreciation for Maine oysters. The project is an ongoing initiative of Maine Sea Grant, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Aquaculture Association, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, In A Half Shell, and participating oyster […]

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