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 island and coastal communities. State officials say Island Institute senior policy officer Nick Battista is the new chair of ConnectMaine Authority. The authority is tasked… Read more »

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 point for a series of locally-grounded and useful material that Mainers will find helpful in thinking through how the climate crisis is affecting their communities.… Read more »

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, serving as both the Strategic Lead and Project Lead for the Broadband Team as well as the Strategic Lead for the Sea Level Rise Team.… Read more »

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, announced Tuesday in a news release, the nonprofit advocacy and policy organization will serve as program director for SEAMaine, Maine’s Marine Economy Roadmap/Workforce Development Project.… Read more »

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 waterfronts. The exhibit will be on display through September 27. “20 Miles” features the work of Susan Tobey White and her series “Lobstering Women of… Read more »

Mainers Commit to Rural Internet Expansion with $15 Million Bond Issue

Maine’s High-Speed Internet Infrastructure Bond Issue, which we first wrote about a month ago, has passed. 76% of voters said yes to Maine Question 1, which authorizes the issuance of $15 million in general obligation bonds to fund projects which will expand broadband access for residents in underserved and unserved areas. Underserved areas are those where less… Read more »

Bowdoin College graduate runs home — more than 50 kilometers — to Hallowell

For some, getting to college graduation can seem like a marathon, but Anne McKee decided her graduation would include an actual ultramarathon. McKee graduated Saturday from Bowdoin College and, absent a formal, in-person graduation ceremony, marked the occasion by running the more than 50 kilometers from the college in Brunswick to her Hallowell home, receiving… Read more »