• September 11, 2020

    Through our Spark! grant and our work with Maine's island and coastal communities, we see community leaders using small amounts of funding to incorporate climate-friendly options into their larger-scale, longer-term projects. These projects serve as examples for others on the steps that rural communities can take to address the energy challenges they face. Cliff Island in Casco Bay and the Penobscot Bay island of North Haven have worked to address energy-related needs within larger community projects. While both islands have a history of community engagement in energy efficiency work, current projects build on those previous efficiency efforts.


  • August 28, 2020

    If something is important to you, you should care for it. This notion runs deep in both the Island Institute and in the Maine Island Trial Association (MITA) and describes the work of the two organizations equally well. While the Island Institute focuses on year-round communities and MITA focuses on wild islands, and each organization expresses its mission differently, we share the same values, the same coast, and work with many of the same people.

    Community Engagement, Events

  • August 25, 2020

    Last Friday, Governor Janet Mills announced a $200 million program that will provide grants to Maine businesses with less than 50 employees that have been deeply impacted by the ongoing pandemic. There is a tight window for applications, so we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about the grant.

    Economic Development

  • August 21, 2020

    In the latest episode of our "Business in Uncertain Times" series, we talk with Cyndi Prince, founder and CEO of LooHoo, an environmentally-minded company based in midcoast Maine that makes wool dryer balls. As a proud, black female business owner, Cyndi also talks about the role of the Maine’s business community in addressing racial injustice, and offers her thoughts on how organizations can help amplify black voices in an intentional way that strengthens both our businesses and our communities.

    Economic Development

  • August 14, 2020

    Last August we shared our first Business Podcast round-up, so it felt like a good time to update the list. First of all, a lot has changed in the world and the business landscape, and there are some great podcasts to help you make sense of the current climate. And second, we are about to re-launch our own Commercial Currents podcast, and our series "Business in Uncertain Times." We started this podcast at the end of March as a way to hear from Maine’s small business owners during this rapidly changing and share their stories. After 10 episodes we took a second to catch our breath, and now we're relaunching with all new episodes on August 20th.

    Economic Development

  • August 12, 2020

    The Maine Climate Council needs your help! Whether you’re a municipal official, a volunteer on a local sea level rise committee, or a resident concerned about sea level rise in your own town, your feedback is valued, and we invite you to have your voices heard.

    Community Engagement, Aquaculture & Marine

  • Fresh-caught and ready to travel
    July 30, 2020

    As those in the apple supply chain would likely tell you, getting an apple to retain its texture and taste through harvesting, processing, storing, transporting, and selling is difficult. The same goes for getting a live lobster from the Gulf of Maine to Leo’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan, or across the world to Beijing. However, the calculations for each are quite different, and the supply chain results in value being added at each step.

    Data and Research, Aquaculture & Marine

  • July 24, 2020

    If you've been fortunate enough to live in a small community, then you understand how much local support matters. Supporting your community, it’s small business owners, and buying as much of your goods and services locally helps everyone. The dollar spent at one local business causes a ripple effect that benefits other businesses and organizations in the same community. For many people, the pandemic is creating new local connections and a better understanding of the importance of supporting local, small business owners.

    Economic Development

  • July 10, 2020

    The Maine Primary Election for several state and local offices is now on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. This election—originally scheduled for June 9, but delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis—is about choosing nominees for U.S. Senate and U.S. House seats, as well as seats in the Maine state legislature and local offices. If you don’t vote, you are leaving it up to others to make these choices for you.

    Community Engagement, Economic Development