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Training ME: Hard questions about the University of Maine are being asked amid another budget crisis. The community college system is successful, but even so, the state still lacks the workforce it needs. What must change about higher education in Maine to be sustainable and develop the workers of tomorrow?

What should Maine do to draw more people here?

Fluid Imaging Technologies, which manufactures a first-of-its-kind imaging particle analyzer, has been growing — and fast. In addition to attracting lots of capital, it has doubled its number of employees in the past year.  But one thing has CEO Kent Peterson, and others across Maine, worried. How will the state address its population decline and its anticipated […]

‘It doesn’t mean [Maine] doesn’t have a lot to offer:’ Forbes editor on Maine’s last-place business ranking

I blogged about this over at my own blog, but am re-blogging it here because the Forbes list, and its place in our conversation about Maine’s economy, is central to what we’re trying to do with MaineFocus. Have you heard of Kurt Badenhausen? No? He’s the guy we all love to hate. Kurt is a senior […]

Do Maine’s foreign immigrants provide untapped economic potential?

Over the weekend, the Bangor Daily News published an article by freelancer Kirsten Sylvain that raises an important question: Does Maine’s immigrant community hold untapped economic potential? The job of the MaineFocus project is to consider solutions for Maine’s economic challenges, and this article addressed a solution that to my knowledge hasn’t received much attention. […]

Will a bottom-up approach to statewide economic development planning succeed where past efforts have failed?

As part of the Bangor Daily News’ coverage of Maine’s changing economy, we’ve discussed the state’s lack of a long-term economic development strategy. Past attempts created and funded from Augusta, such as the Maine Development Foundation and Maine & Co., while still doing good work, have not been given the resources to follow through on […]

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