• February 24, 2020
    Isle au Haut is among the latest islands pursuing a microgrid to reduce long-term costs and reliance on the mainland.

    Maine’s unique geography is creating opportunities for microgrid developers.


  • February 14, 2020

         “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success,” according to Henry Ford. This sentiment could be the motto for a group of Roque Bluffs residents who saw a need and did something about it.

    Economic Development

  • January 13, 2020

    Every January, Mainebiz looks at the coming year and asks a range of experts, “Where is the economy headed?” This year, we asked CEOs, business owners and nonprofit leaders what 2020 will look like. A year ago, many were expecting a recession.

    Economic Development

  • January 11, 2020

    OWLS HEAD — The lack of broadband service is leaving some residents out in the digital cold and they are asking the town for help.

    Several people turned out Monday afternoon Jan. 6 to an Owls Head Selectmen's meeting to discuss the impact of not having access to the internet.

    Economic Development

  • Irina Erickson, an inmate at the Women’s Re-Entry Center in Windham, works at David’s 388 in South Portland through an apprenticeship program of HospitalityMaine and the state Department of Corrections.
    December 27, 2019

    For business, 2019 has been a mix of good and bad. With the approach of the new year, Mainebiz has taken a look at 10 of 2019’s most “positive” stories — ones that carry an encouraging message about Maine’s economy and companies.

    Economic Development, Aquaculture & Marine

  • December 24, 2019

    ROCKLAND — The City of Rockland announced that the Energy Committee has been awarded a $2,000 Spark! Grant by the Island Institute. This effort is in conjunction with the recently adopted Rockland Climate Action Plan to move the city to carbon neutrality by 2045.


  • December 20, 2019

    Stonington, the state of Maine’s top fishing port in landed value, is facing seismic change. By mid-century, its lobster fishery could drop by 15 to 20 percent due to warming ocean waters, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute predicts.

    Aquaculture & Marine

  • December 13, 2019

    ISLESBORO — Marshall Cove Mussel Farm, owned by island residents Josh and Shey Conover, was the subject of a video released by the Maine Aquaculture Association Dec. 5, the second in a series of videos about its members the MAA is producing.

    Aquaculture & Marine

  • December 11, 2019

    The Island Institute is excited to be partnering with the nonprofit Rural Aspirations Project to bring together three small, isolated, rural Maine high schools and take an in-depth look at the unique role and purpose of rural education and its connection to rural community, vitality, and sustainability. The schools involved are: Islesboro Central School and Vinalhaven School in Penobscot Bay and East Grand School located in Northern Maine near the Canadian border. Learn more about the "Portrait of a Graduate" project and other grantees in this announcement from the Barr Foundation.

    Education & Leadership