Economic Development

Lancaster Farming publishes report on UMaine’s potato breeding program

Lancaster Farming published “Survival of the fittest tuber,” an article on the University of Maine’s potato breeding and variety development program. Since 2014, UMaine has released four potato varieties in cooperation with the Maine Potato Board, according to the article. A new potato variety released for commercial production represents a significant investment, according to Greg […]

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AMC slated for upgrades, media report

The Associated Press, WABI (Channel 5), WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle) and Mainebiz reported the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine is upgrading its equipment as part of a drive to bring new kinds of industry to the state. The AMC is receiving $2.5 million for the upgrades, including a $1 million […]

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Media report on $1.1M grant awarded to grow Maine’s forest economy

 WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle), the Portland Press Herald and Centralmaine.com reported the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded a $1.1 million Economic Development Administration grant to the University of Maine to continue to support the Forest Opportunity Roadmap (FOR/Maine) coalition as it implements its plan to stabilize, diversify and grow Maine’s forest economy by […]

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Advanced Manufacturing Center

AMC awarded $2.5M to upgrade equipment, accelerate additive metal manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine has been awarded two grants totaling $2.5 million to upgrade its equipment and accelerate the adoption of additive metal manufacturing in the state.  The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) received a $1 million National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Competitive […]

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Media cover event showcasing world’s largest 3D printer, 3D-printed boat

The Associated Press, Maine Public, News Center Maine, Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald, WABI (Channel 5), WVII (Channel 7), WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle), HotHardware, Q-106.5, and I-95 (95.7 FM) reported on the University of Maine’s unveiling of the world’s largest 3D printer and largest 3D-printed object. More than 250 federal and state […]

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Aquaculture farm

NOAA Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative awards $1.6M to advance sustainable aquaculture in Maine 

NOAA National Sea Grant Program awarded $16 million for 42 projects nationwide that comprise the 2019 Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative.  Maine Sea Grant, researchers at the University of Maine, other institutions, and partner organizations received $1.6 million to lead four of the projects in collaboration with aquaculture industry, management and community partners.  Maine Sea […]

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Mainebiz reports on UpStart program 

Mainebiz featured the Upstart Center for Entrepreneurship in Orono, a University of Maine-run incubator program with a diverse mix of companies. “This incubator focuses on companies that typically have some kind of innovation,” says Renee Kelly, assistant vice president for innovation and economic development for the University of Maine and a business advisor at UpStart. […]

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Company founded at UMaine to attend international tech startup conference, media report 

The Portland Press Herald and Mainebiz reported KinoTek, a startup founded at the University of Maine, will be one of eight Maine companies attending an international tech startup conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, in San Francisco in October. KinoTek, founded by recent UMaine kinesiology and psychology graduate Justin Hafner, uses virtual reality and motion capture technology to improve […]

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