May 23, 2023

With development encroaching, state law passed to protect working waterfront

Saving working waterfront properties from conversion to non-commercial uses is one way to protect Maine’s fishing heritage, say advocates of a working waterfront access protection program.
Article by Laurie Schreiber, published in Mainebiz on May 15, 2023. Anew law is expected to greatly expand opportunities for protecting Maine’s remaining working waterfronts. “This new law will allow Maine’s coastal land trusts the opportunity to conserve these properties, and land trusts have the resources and skills to help us accomplish this important goal,” said state Rep. Morgan Rielly of Westbrook... Read full article here.
May 23, 2023

VIDEO: A look inside Maine’s growing kelp industry

Kelp has quickly become Maine’s new cash crop.
Article by Alyssa Thurlow, published by WABI5 on May 18, 2023. Did you know Maine is currently the largest producer of kelp in the United States? There are farms located…
May 23, 2023

Electric boats are coming. Will Maine have mechanics to service them?

A regional nonprofit has partnered with educators on a three-part training course to help prepare technicians to work on electric boats.
Article by Sarah Shemkus, published in Energy News Network on February 13, 2023. Electric boats will soon be docking along Maine’s rocky coast. A new training program aims to help…
Energy News Network
May 5, 2023

Island Institute president Kim Hamilton: 'We’re built for the challenges the coast is facing in this particular moment'

On April 1, Kimberly Hamilton became the new president of the Island Institute, a 40-year-old nonprofit organization in Rockland that works to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities and operates on an annual budget of $8 million...
April 12, 2023

Island Institute’s new president brings longtime leadership experience

The Island Institute, a Rockland nonprofit that works to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities, said Monday that Kimberly Hamilton was appointed to serve as its new president, effective April 1...
Swan's Island
December 1, 2022

Area Towns Selected for Climate Program

GOULDSBORO — The Island Institute will be working with Gouldsboro, Swan’s Island and Cranberry Isles to oversee implementation of the state’s Community Resilience Partnership (CRP). The CRP, a program of…
The Ellsworth American
March 8, 2022

Maine Voices: Making Maine’s high-speed internet dreams come true

An engaged community can fundamentally alter the economics of a broadband project
Maine communities have a long history of self-determination. Access to high-speed internet is no different. As local broadband committees, statewide partners and private-sector providers all look to close the digital divide, communities play a central role. An engaged community can fundamentally alter the economics of a broadband project.
Portland Press Herald
October 24, 2021

Bill Nemitz: Not happy with your internet? Now’s the time to do something about it

Maine's $150 million broadband expansion will go first to those communities that have a plan
Looking for a little good news? Here’s some: Thanks to federal and state funding, Maine currently has $150 million to bring high-speed internet to places that don’t have it and…
Portland Press Herald
maine islands census data
August 20, 2021

More people have moved to Maine’s remote islands in the last decade

The population of Maine’s offshore islands, which incurred steady declines in the decades after World War II and still face myriad challenges in sustaining their year-round communities, jumped by nearly…
Bangor Daily News
August 2, 2021

Archipelago celebrates summer in Maine with ‘Currents and Channels exhibit

ROCKLAND - Join Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, for its summer gallery show, “Currents and Channels: Four Coastal Maine Artists,” on display through Sept. 25. “Currents and Channels”…
Maine Gallery + Studio Guide