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


By Staff / Mainebiz 

The Island Institute has published its first deep-dive comparison of the economic, community and environmental indicators for Maine's coastal and island communities with the rest of the state and nation.

The first edition of "Waypoints: Community Indicators for Maine's Coast and Islands" is intended to be a resource for local community members, state and federal representatives, agency staff and research partners whose work relates to and impacts coastal communities.

By Staff / Mainebiz

The John T. Gorman Foundation is helping to back a new program from the Island Institute to fund coastal and island businesses.

The Island and Coast Business Launchpad program, which was announced in the Working Waterfront publication on March 8, aims to help entrepreneurs in "geographically isolated communities." The program will include an "innovation fund," to provide flexible and community-focused loans, as well as business support, microgrants, digital and financial literacy classes and an aquaculture business-development program.

ROCKLAND, ME – The Island Institute released today the first edition of Waypoints: Community Indicators for Maine’s Coast and Islands. The publication presents economic, community and environmental indicators for Maine’s coastal and island communities as they compare to the rest of the state and the nation. It provides a resource for local community members, state and federal representatives, agency staff, and research partners whose work relates to and impacts coastal communities. 

Highlights of the findings include the following: 

By Mary Pols / Portland Press Herald

Former Island Scholar and Island Institute intern, Julia Maine, was recently interviewed about the allure of aquaculture and the opportunities it offers.

The Chebeague Island native and science educator wants to show community members the bounty that can come from sea farms and is the driving force (along with her mom, geologist Carol White) behind the first Chebeague Island Aquaculture Festival, slated for this summer.

By Colin Woodard / Portland Press Herald

A Trump administration proposal to slash funding for the federal government’s principal marine agency and eliminate the national Sea Grant program is prompting alarm in Maine’s marine sector.

March 7, 2017


The Chris Wolf Show / WRFR Radio and Maine Coast TV

Representatives from the Rockland Energy Committee joined The Chris Wolf Show on December 28, 2016 to talk about the Weatherize Rockland initiative, energy efficiency, and energy incentives for the local community.

Guests included committee representatives Larry Pritchett and the Island Institute's Brooks Winner.

January 16, 2017


Down East Magazine scoured 175 years worth of images to find the 10 Most Iconic Maine Photos of All Time. Acclaimed to obscure, joyful to haunting, they’re the shots that tell Maine’s story.

January 18, 2017