Artist & Makers Week goes virtual for the creative economy

ROCKLAND—The Island Institute and its retail store, Archipelago are champions of the Midcoast’s creative economy and sponsors of the past in-person Artist and Makers Conferences. This year due to the pandemic, they’ve spun in a new direction, creating a virtual Creative Economy Hub for the week of April 5 to 9, 2021. Organizer Lisa Mossel Vietze… Read more »

After 18 years, Island Institute leader Rob Snyder steps down

The longtime leader at the Island Institute is moving on from his 18-year tenure with the Rockland nonprofit, eight of those as president. Rob Snyder will leave at the end of April for a job in the private sector. Effective March 15, Rob Beams, chief operating officer at the Island Institute, will serve as interim president. Snyder’s… Read more »

Broadband mapping money in Mills’ budget hailed by business, development leaders

Gov. Janet Mills’ proposal to add $1.8 million to Maine’s supplemental budget, earmarked for mapping and technical support, is being hailed by business and development leaders as necessary to help the state recover from the pandemic, as well as bolster the state’s economic growth. The supplemental budget money will help pinpoint geographic areas in need… Read more »

Broadband expansion a challenge

SULLIVAN — The $900 billion coronavirus relief bill President Trump signed on Dec. 27 includes $7 billion to help expand broadband access. The funding, which includes a subsidy of up to $50 per month for eligible families to help pay for internet services and $300 million to expand rural broadband access, is intended to help keep Americans… Read more »

Broadband advocates ready to award projects with bond money

Last month, the Mills administration awarded $5.6 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to connect more than 700 students and teachers in rural Maine with high-speed internet service to support remote learning. The ongoing public-private partnership, dubbed ConnectKidsNow!, involved seven internet service providers, 71 towns and a two-month window. It also provided a few lessons for… Read more »

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 »