Marine team joins others to talk ocean planning on Capitol Hill

Early last week Marine Programs Director Nick Battista and I traveled to Washington, D.C., for an ocean planning "fly-in" event hosted by the Ocean Conservancy. Groups from throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic were invited to come to Capitol Hill to talk about ocean planning, including harbormasters, recreational boaters, maritime commerce, and fishermen.

Member Spotlight: Mott Feibusch

As a new member of the Island Institute, Mott Feibusch shares what he loves about living on an island, stories about Monhegan, and what being a member means to him.

BELFAST, ME—The fourth  annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held on Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help grow arts businesses and is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine. 

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME – The Island Institute kicked off its seventh annual Island Energy Conference in South Portland today by recognizing two groups for their work as energy leaders and champions for Maine’s island communities.

May 3, 2017


Marian Chioffi and Chris Smith of the Monhegan Plantation Power District (center) were joined by representatives of Innovative Construction & Design Solutions, LLC after receiving the Island Energy Innovation Award at the 2017 Island Energy Conference

ROCKLAND, ME – Island Institute announced today that it has received a $240,000 grant through the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to fund a collaborative project that focuses on disaster preparedness in Maine’s island and coastal communities and addresses threats faced from environmental change and natural disasters related to sea level rise.

Regional task force seeks broadband network design

The Down Bay Technology Task Force, made up of representatives from the broadband working groups of three island communities (Chebeague Island, Cliff Island, and Long Island), is seeking an engineered design for broadband infrastructure by the end of August. A request for information has been posted, and responses are due by June 16.

2017 Island Energy Conference Photos

View photos from the April 27-29, 2017 Island Energy Conference in South Portland, ME and Monhegan Island, ME.

View conference details, including speaker presentations, on the 2017 Island Energy Conference page.

Q&A: A new approach to post-secondary achievement

The Mentoring, Access and Persistence (MAP) program for high school juniors launched in March with a lunch and learning session in Northport. 16 students will be supported as they apply to and begin post-secondary education.

We sat down with Caroline Moore, Community Development Associate, to learn more..

Artists & Makers 2017 photo gallery

We welcomed over 150 artists and makers from across the state to The University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast for a full day of information, networking, and presentations on a variety of topics from professionals and peers at the 2017 Artists & Makers Conference. Here's a sampling of photos from the event.

Commercial Currents: Expanding your customer base

Are you doing a trade show, or have you ever thought about going to one to help build your business? Trade shows can be a great way to expose yourself to a high number of potential customers in one shot, but a lot of time and cost is involved.