• April 7, 2016

    Monhegan Island, Isle au Haut, and Matinicus Island face critical junctures in their energy future. Monhegan and Matinicus have the highest electricity rates in New England, and Isle au Haut is reliant on a 33-year-old, two-inch-thick cable as its sole connection to the

  • April 7, 2016

    The Archipelago Artists and Makers Conference was reimagined this year to grow beyond an invitation-only event, and it expanded well beyond our expectations to include over 130 artiststhat attended from all four corners of the state - Kennebunk to Houlton and Bethel to Machiasport. Maine has alwa

    Archipelago, Economic Development

  • April 6, 2016

    In this blog post, the Island Institute’s Economic Development staff share the benefits and risks of small business structures: sole proprietorship, LCC, cooperative, and S Corp.

    Economic Development

  • March 30, 2016

    The Outer Islands Teaching and Learning Collaborative has reached a milestone: the first class of students involved in the TLC are about to graduate high school. In March, they got to see each other for the first time in years.


  • March 8, 2016

    The Island Fellows Program is one of the signature programs of the Island Institute. Since 1999, the Island Fellows Program has placed college and master’s degree graduates in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities for one to two years.

    Community Development

  • March 8, 2016

    What’s changing in the ocean, and how will it impact fishing?

    Is there anything we can do about it?

    What can Maine learn from the rest of the country?


  • February 17, 2016

    To gain insight and inspiration that Maine might use to develop its aquaculture curriculum and facilities, a group of six Maine educators took a road trip to Connecticut in January to visit three aquaculture high schools.


  • Bangs Island Mussels
    February 10, 2016

    It's “Industry Day” for our aquaculture business development group, and the plan is simple: bring together a group of twenty prospective aquaculturists from up and down the coast for a single day to tour as many aquaculture farms and meet as many industry members as possible.

    Economic Development, Marine

  • February 3, 2016

    Experiences on Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Monhegan Island exemplify why it's important to include local communities in the planning process.