October 14, 2020

Protecting Main Street from climate impacts

As the evidence and costly impacts of climate change mount, the need to view climate action as an economic imperative — not just an environmental one — is increasingly clear. By working to guard its downtown from rising tides and flooding, with the help of a multi-million dollar federal grant, the town of Damariscotta is confronting an increasingly common dilemma for Maine’s coastal communities: What happens when their greatest resource, in this case the Damariscotta River, becomes a threat. “We need to do something to protect our downtown buildings,” Damariscotta…
Bangor Daily News Editorial Board
October 1, 2020

People on the Move: ConnectMaine Authority appoints Nick Battista as board chair

Nick Battista, senior policy officer at the Island Institute, has been appointed chair of the ConnectMaine Authority’s board. ConnectMaine’s mission is to facilitate the universal availability of broadband to all…
Portland Press Herald
Tentants Harbor
September 30, 2020

Luke’s Lobster, Island Institute launching e-commerce platform for seafood producers

Luke’s Lobster and the Island Institute have partnered to build an e-commerce platform for wild and farmed seafood producers throughout Maine. The partnership, announced Wednesday, responds to diminished market demand…
September 30, 2020

Luke’s Lobster, Island Institute pool $2.5M to expand Maine fisheries market

Maine’s seafood industry is getting a $2.5 million investment aimed at making the seafood supply chain more resilient and giving fishermen and aquaculturists a broader online market during the coronavirus…
Bangor Daily News
September 30, 2020

Maine broadband authority’s new head is coastal specialist

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The new chair of an authority that seeks to expand broadband in Maine is a policy specialist from an organization that works on sustainability for Maine’s…
September 28, 2020

BDN Climate: Coastal resilience and sea level rise

We know that climate change is dangerously affecting our planet. The topic of climate change can seem overwhelming, and our goal is to use these discussions as a jumping off…
Bangor Daily News
September 16, 2020

Island Institute promotes staff to leadership positions

ROCKLAND — The Island Institute recently promoted several program staff to leadership positions within the community development organization. Kendra Jo Grindle was recently promoted to the position of Senior Community Development Officer,…
Penobscot Bay Pilot
September 15, 2020

Sea Level Rise: How Bad Will It Get, How Are Maine Communities Preparing & What Can Individuals Do?

Sea-level rise due to global warming along the coast of Maine is increasing at a rapid pace, with some estimates predicting levels to rise by as much as two feet…
Maine Public
September 1, 2020

Island Institute wins $300K contract to roadmap Maine's marine economy

The Maine Technology Institute and FocusMaine have awarded the Rockland-based Island Institute a $300,000 contract for spearheading an industry-wide roadmap to grow the state’s marine economy. Under the three-year contract,…
Krista by Susan Tobey White
August 25, 2020

Archipelago Launches ‘20 Miles’ Exhibit

The Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, the gallery portion of the Island Insitute’s store, located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, has launched a new show, “20 Miles,” celebrating Maine’s working…
The Free Press