The Island Institute’s Waypoints: Community Indicators series uses engaging, often never-before-seen data to communicate the character of our communities along with the challenges and opportunities before us. The three editions have grounded us in the truths we often hold to be self-evident about the coast of Maine, and provide a look into community trends that surprise us. The publications help coastal and island leaders make data-driven decisions and tell compelling stories of what distinguishes their communities to their constituents, state and federal legislators, grant-makers, and the press.
Our latest 2020 publication, "Waypoints Connect: Infrastructure Indicators for Maine's Coast and Islands," explores the status of Maine’s coastal infrastructure systems, with a focus on the topics where we see local and state leaders grappling with change. We looked at data that are central to our physical, economic, and civic infrastructure to consider how coastal communities are connected to resources that help them thrive.
Waypoints are defined as points that “indicate a change in direction, speed, or altitude.” We hope that this series helps communities along the coast of Maine make informed decisions on where to head from here.
Please click on the links below to explore and learn more about each edition.
"Waypoints Connect: Infrastructure Indicators for Maine's Coast and Islands" explores the status of Maine’s coastal infrastructure systems, with a focus on the topics where we see local and state leaders grappling with change. We looked at data that are central to our physical, economic, and civic infrastructure.
"Waypoints: Livelihoods on Maine's Coast and Islands" is dedicated to quantifying the way coastal Mainers make a living and presents new data that tells the story of how income levels, prevalence of self-employment, impacts of fisheries, and seasonality of the labor force define the economic and cultural landscape of our region.
Waypoints: Community Indicators
"Waypoints: Community Indicators for Maine's Coast and Islands" is the first edition of the series that was published as a response to the requests from community members who needed access to clear, accurate, data to meet local needs for planning and decision-making. It provides information about local economies, demographics, and the environment of Maine's coastal and island communities.