• June 19, 2018
    58 island students receive financial awards for post-secondary education; eight high school juniors accepted into mentoring and support program

    ROCKLAND, ME – The Island Institute recently awarded scholarships to 58 island students pursuing post-secondary education at colleges, universities, and technical schools across the United States and Canada. The scholarships, made possible by the Island Education Fund, totaled $50,900.

    Community Development, Education

  • May 22, 2018
    U.S. Senator Angus King to keynote conference which will bring national experts and local communities to Thomas College to share successes and identify next steps.

    WATERVILLE – On May 31, 2018, the Maine Broadband Coalition will host the 2018 Maine Broadband Coalition Conference from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Thomas College in Waterville.

    Community Development, Economic Development

  • May 21, 2018
    ‘Turning Towards the Sun’ features paintings, papercut pieces, glass mosaics, glass bowls and dishware, cyanotype collage, wood folk carvings, and more.

    ROCKLAND – Join Archipelago to celebrate the opening of its new gallery show, “Turning Towards the Sun,” and the start of the summer during Rockland’s next Art Walk, Friday, June 1st, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Archipelago

  • May 11, 2018
    In the wake of recent natural disasters, Maine islands and other coastal communities share innovative energy projects and help lead the way for building community resiliency around the world.

    SOUTH PORTLAND – The Island Institute held its eighth annual Island Energy Conference in South Portland on May 4th, bringing together energy experts and island leaders from Maine, New England, and around the world to discuss common energy challenges and share solutions.

    Community Development, Energy

  • March 23, 2018

    PORTLAND, ME – Rockland-based Island Institute will join Lives in the Balance for "What Kids Need Now,” a free evening conversation with internationally recognized child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland. Greene is the New York Times bestselling author of the influential books "Raising Human Beings," "The Explosive Child," "Lost & Found," and "Lost at School."

    Education

  • March 22, 2018
    On the Cranberry Isles, and in communities throughout the state, towns are funding infrastructure improvements to address broadband access issues for future economic sustainability

    CRANBERRY ISLES – After a multi-year process to bring broadband access to three of its islands, the Town of Cranberry Isles is now seeing the results of its recent $1.2 million investment in broadband infrastructure to connect the community with internet speeds that exceed 100/100 mpbs. In February, the first resident on the Downeast island of Little Cranberry was connected with broadband, and today, the island is 100 percent connected through its new fiber-wireless network – allowing any resident that signs up for the service to access internet speeds on par with major metropolitan cities.

    Economic Development

  • March 7, 2018
    Tips and strategies for Maine’s arts-related businesses to be presented at Point Lookout

    ROCKLAND — For its fifth year, the annual Artists & Makers Conference will feature a new location and expanded offerings tailored to meet the needs of Maine’s artists and makers and offer practical tips and strategies to help start and grow arts-related businesses in Maine. This year’s event will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Point Lookout in Northport. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the conference is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

    Archipelago, Economic Development

  • Chebeague fishermen and former ABD participant Jeff Putnam works on oyster cages. After going through the program in 2016, Putnam started an oyster-growing business with his family.
    February 22, 2018
    Applications now being accepted for Rockland-based Island Institute’s 2018 Aquaculture Business Development Program

    ROCKLAND, ME — Have you ever thought about gaining a new source of income through growing mussels, oysters, or seaweed? The Island Institute is now accepting applications for its 2018 Aquaculture Business Development program. In its third year, the program helps fishermen and those from fishing communities gain the tools they need to diversify and launch their small-scale aquaculture businesses.

    Economic Development, Marine

  • Chef and author Barton Seaver
    November 22, 2017

    ROCKLAND, ME – The Island Institute will host a special evening conversation on Saturday, December 9, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., with chef and author Barton Seaver, and Rob Snyder, PhD, president of the Island Institute, discussing Barton's new book, American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea, and the heritage and future of American seafood. The event will take place at the Island Institute, 386 Main Street in Rockland, with a cocktail reception and book signing to follow in Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store.

    Media, Marine

  • November 2, 2017

    ROCKLAND, ME – Rob Snyder, President of the Island Institute, joined Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on Thursday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m., to testify before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans on behalf of Pingree's bipartisan bill, HR 1176, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act. The bill would establish a Working Waterfront Grant Program to provide matching, competitive grants to coastal states to help to preserve and expand access to coastal waters for commercial fishing, recreational guiding, aquaculture, boat building, and other water-dependent businesses.

    Economic Development, Marine