New Law Expands Opportunities to Protect Maine’s Working Waterfront

MEDIA CONTACTS: Richard Knox, Senior Marketing Officer, Island Institute 207-242-5578; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Augusta, ME – A bill sponsored by Representative Morgan Rielly of Westbrook (LD574: An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Working Waterfront Covenants) has been signed into law—greatly expanding opportunities for protecting Maine’s remaining working waterfronts. “Maine’s fishing industry accounts for… Read more »

Island Institute Welcomes Kimberly Hamilton as Next President

MEDIA CONTACTS: Richard Knox, Senior Marketing Officer, Island Institute 207-242-5578; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ROCKLAND, ME (April 10, 2023) Island Institute is pleased to announce that Kimberly Hamilton, Ph.D. has been appointed to serve as its new president effective April 1, 2023. Hamilton, who served as interim Chief Programs Officer since September 2022, brings strong… Read more »


MEDIA CONTACTS: Sam Belknap, Senior Community Development Officer, Island Institute (207) 992-7726; Ben Conniff, Chief Innovation Officer, Luke’s Lobster (860) 391-4123;   PORTLAND, ME – The Island Institute, a community development nonprofit serving Maine’s island and coastal communities, in partnership with Luke’s Lobster, today revealed preliminary findings of a study the Institute commissioned… Read more »

Archipelago celebrates summer in Maine with new gallery show, “Currents and Channels”

ROCKLAND — Join Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store and gallery, for its summer gallery show, “Currents and Channels: Four Coastal Maine Artists,” currently on display through September 25th. “Currents and Channels” looks at the Maine coast through the art of four local artists—each with unique perspectives, both geographically and conceptually, of the landscape and culture of their respective communities.… Read more »

Island Institute hosts evening of climate-focused films in Rockport July 28

ROCKPORT – The Island Institute, a community development nonprofit based in Rockland, will host a special, climate-focused film event at the Shotwell Drive-in, 40 West Street in Rockport, on Wednesday, July 28th at 8:30 p.m. “The Climate, Our Coast, and Our Communities” will feature an evening of films highlighting personal stories from those living on the frontlines… Read more »

Island Institute President Rob Snyder announces departure

ROCKLAND, ME – After 18 years of dedication to furthering the organization’s mission and values, with eight of those as president, Island Institute President Rob Snyder has announced that he will be stepping down from his leadership role at the end of April. During his tenure, Snyder has been a driving force behind the growth and success… Read more »

Island Institute joins DOE-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… Read more »

Island Institute and Luke’s Lobster partner to energize Maine’s marine economy

Innovative collaboration will help build resilient seafood supply chains and provide opportunities for fishermen, aquaculturists, and the blue economy Effort expands markets and product offerings through Luke’s online platform and will return financial, social, and environmental benefits to Maine’s coastal communities. PORTLAND, ME – The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged Maine’s fishermen and coastal communities in an… Read more »

Island Institute promotes three staff members to leadership positions

ROCKLAND — The Island Institute is pleased to announce the recent promotion of 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… Read more »

Island Institute awarded three-year contract to help develop roadmap for Maine’s marine economy

ROCKLAND, ME – The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and FocusMaine recently awarded the Island Institute a three-year, $300,000 contract to serve as program director for SEAMaine, Maine’s Marine Economy Roadmap/Workforce Development Project, a $2 million project to help the state develop an industry-led roadmap and action plan for growth and greater resiliency in Maine’s marine economy. Funded… Read more »