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.

A "scavenger hunt" on Deer Isle

A scavenger hunt. A game generally played in an expansive outdoor area in which the participants must collect a number of miscellaneous objects.

This activity is a favorite amongst children because it engages the inner explorer, encourages creative thinking, and rewards the observant. It can be conducted in many different ways, however you are always searching for something, and sometimes one clue can lead you to the next thing or in a completely different direction entirely.

Dick Broom / Mount Desert Islander

Residents at the annual Cranberry Isles town meeting on March 11 voted overwhelmingly to borrow up to $1.2 million to build a fiber optic network for broadband internet service.

The network would provide broadband internet service to the town’s three inhabited islands: Great Cranberry, Little Cranberry (Islesford) and Sutton. The vote was 52-4.

March 17, 2017

Economic Development

By Fred Bever / Maine Public

The residents of two remote Down East islands, Frenchboro and Swan’s Island, pay some of the highest electric bills in the nation, and they’ve proposed to abandon their local electric cooperative to join with the mainland customers of a large utility who enjoy cheaper distribution rates.

January 19, 2017


By Dagney Ernest / Village Soup

The fourth  annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Maine's Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3.

Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help arts businesses grow. It is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

March 19, 2017


By Susan Sharon and Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Reaction in Maine to President Donald Trump’s proposed $1.15 trillion budget has been swift - and critical.

Democrat Chellie Pingree, Maine’s 1st District representative who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, says the plan to slash many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall is “foolish, shortsighted…and will make America less healthy, safe, and economically secure. “

March 16, 2017

Marine Programs