Maine Chamber of Commerce hosts webinar on future of rural broadband

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – The Maine State Chamber of Commerce held a webinar today about the future of high-speed internet access. Government, civic, and industry leaders discussed the challenges and potential solutions to rural internet access in Maine. The meeting highlighted the importance of internet access for education, the economy, and social services. In July,… Read more »

#GivingTuesday: Helping fishing families and foundations

This year, many fishermen and fishing cooperatives used social media to market directly to their communities as the traditional channels for seafood sales dried up with the closure of restaurants and foodservice outlets. It was not uncommon to see posts from customers seeking deals, cheap seafood and the “best price.” How do you factor the… Read more »

Island Institute joins Dept. of Energy-led effort to bridge gaps in island energy resilience

ROCKLAND — The Island Institute is one of five organizations in the country recently awarded a contract for the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP), a new partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to provide resources and access to on-the-ground support for remote and islanded communities in the United States seeking to transform… Read more »

Driving seemed inescapable until it wasn’t

Ask experts about cutting vehicular emissions — the largest source of Maine’s greenhouse gas pollution — and you’re apt to hear how complex the task is. Finding ways to equitably transition from gas-powered to electric vehicles, develop a modernized grid and broadband network, and combat sprawl do demand a daunting confluence of innovative policies, technology and— yes — money.… Read more »

DOE launches partnership initiative to strengthen remote and islanded communities’ energy resilience

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Program (ETIPP), a new partnership that will provide resources and access to on-the-ground support for remote and islanded communities in the United States seeking to transform their energy systems and lower their vulnerability to energy disruptions. This cross-sector initiative will build on… Read more »

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… Read more »

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 Maine households and businesses. Establishing criteria defining areas with inadequate service, supporting investments in broadband, and administering funds are all duties of ConnectMaine. Battista has… Read more »

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 during the pandemic, when many restaurants have been closed. The goal is to build new markets and increase the availability of lobster, crab, scallops, oysters… Read more »