Economic Development

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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Media report on new potato variety developed by UMaine

Mainebiz, The Associated Press, The Daily Meal, News Center Maine, The Ellsworth American and Q106.5 reported on a new gourmet potato variety developed by the University of Maine. Pinto Gold is a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety with excellent roasting and eating quality, according to Gregory Porter, who leads UMaine’s potato breeding program. The oblong tubers […]

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Pinto gold potato

UMaine develops new potato variety for gourmet, specialty markets

The University of Maine has released a new gourmet potato variety, Pinto Gold. The potato was tested with the research identification number AF4659-12 and has been available in seed catalogs under that name since 2015. The potato is a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety with excellent roasting and eating quality, according to Gregory Porter, who leads […]

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BDN quotes Vekasi in report on Maine companies growing in Asia

Kristin Vekasi, an assistant professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “Maine companies grow in Asia despite Trump trade uncertainty.” Vekasi, who will be a featured panelists during the Maine International Trade Center’s Trade Day 2018, is cautiously optimistic about future trade […]

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BDN, WVII interview Beal about Maine’s clam industry

The Bangor Daily News and WVII (Channel 7) spoke with Brian Beal, a professor of marine ecology at the University of Maine at Machias, for reports on the state’s soft-shell clam industry. Beal, who also serves as director of the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, has worked over the past few years […]

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Mainebiz reports on Top Gun finalists

Mainebiz reported the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and its partners — the University of Maine, The Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council and Gulf of Maine Research Institute — have named 10 winners of the 2018 Top Gun Program’s semi-final pitch events. Regional pitch events were held in Bangor, Brunswick, Lewiston/Auburn and Portland. Participating entrepreneurs presented […]

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Teen’s macaron business showcased in ‘Growing Maine’ video

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has released the seventh installment of “Growing Maine,” a series of short documentaries highlighting Maine food producers and farm families. The latest video in the series tells the story of 16-year-old entrepreneur who founded Simply Macarons by Jaelin. The macaron is a French meringue-based, filled sandwich cookie — not to […]

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