September 27, 2019, 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM

United Farmers Market of Maine

18 Spring Street
BelfastMaine 04915

Directions via Google

For those unable to attend the conference, it will be broadcast live via Facebook. Please visit the Island Institute Facebook page and click on 'Videos' to watch the broadcast or click here to access the page directly.

See the full conference lineup and final agenda here

Join us for a daylong conference highlighting innovative strategies to help communities pay for projects to increase their resilience to sea level rise and severe storms.

Many Maine communities have identified climate-related vulnerabilities to their homes, businesses, and natural areas due to the impacts of sea level rise and increases in severe storms. Finding funding for adaptation solutions is often a major barrier to addressing these concerns and moving forward.

Join the Island Institute, Maine Coastal Program, the New England Environmental Finance Center, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, and Resilience Works, LLC in Belfast on Friday, September 27th, for a daylong conference that will highlight innovative strategies for how to pay for infrastructure projects to increase a community’s resilience.

Come to learn about:

  • Funding and financing options in Maine
  • The role of innovative public-private partnerships, impact investments, and insurance in financing to build community resilience
  • The economic consequences of taking no action toward adaptation
  • How your community can incorporate project financing into its adaptation planning
  • Creative financing and adaptation examples from across the U.S.

Presentations will include panel discussions with municipal and state representatives, case studies from outside of Maine, and opportunities to learn about emerging and innovative financing options to help facilitate your community's next steps.

Speakers will include representatives from the Maine Office of Policy, Innovation, and the Future, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the Maine Department of Transportation, environmental finance experts, local town legislators, and other experts.

To see a copy of the final agenda, click here:  ShoreUp Maine 2019 final agenda

Keynote Speaker

Charles Colgan
Research Director, Center for the Blue Economy
Middlebury Institute of International Studies

As Director of Research for the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE), Dr. Charles Colgan oversees the conduct of research activities and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, the first outlet established for sharing research outside of fisheries that's specific to our oceans and coasts. Dr. Colgan also served as a consultant with the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) for more than 14 years. Considered by many researchers to be the best source of data on ocean and coastal economics, NOEP has more than 2,000 regular users across all sectors and geographies in the U.S., and more than 37 nations.

Prior to his role at the CBE, Dr. Colgan served as a Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and was the Chair of the Muskie School’s PhD Program in Public Policy. His long-term economic forecasts are used by the Maine Department of Transportation and the Economic Development Districts of Maine. Prior to joining the USM, he served in the Maine State Planning Office, was State Economist, and Director of Natural Resource and Economic Policy.

In his keynote at the ShoreUp Maine 2019 conference, Dr. Colgan will discuss the climate-related challenges facing our coastal communities and approaches to resilience actions. 

Read Dr. Colgan's full bio here.
Learn more about the Center for the Blue Economy here.

Lodging and Accommodations

If you are in need of overnight accommodations for the conference, there are several options in the area. For your convenience, we have included each location, rates, and contact information below. Please contact each hotel directly for reservations.

Fireside Inn & Suites
(207) 338-2090 

  • First floor, standard room with 2 beds - $132
  • Second floor, two beds - $148

Belfast Harbor Inn
(207) 338-2740

  • View of the road - $129
  • View of the water - $159

Colonial Gables Oceanfront Village
(207) 338-4000

  • Hotel rooms all have one king, no doubles - $115 (limited availability) 
  • Cabins: $155-$185 


Carpooling options are available for the conference. Details are provided during registration


If you have additional questions concerning the ShoreUp Maine 2019 conference, contact Sam Belknap.

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