We’re asking you to get the conversation going about Maine’s economic future.
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?
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 […]
There are all sorts of ways to get kids prepared for life after high school. But what would you do if your school didn’t have a computer science class, and you knew information technology employees would be in high demand in the future? Machias Memorial High School Principal Brian Leavitt decided to partner with Susan […]
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 […]
BDN Maine brought together a well-spoken group of individuals to discuss Solutions for Maine’s Economy last week. It was our first MaineFocus event on Growing Maine’s Economy and was held at the University of Maine’s Abromson Center. We plan to have other such events, which as part of the MaineFocus project are based on solutions, […]
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. […]
The health of an economy is measured by the prosperity of its people. One way to measure prosperity is to look at per capita income, which takes the total income in a given region, be it a county or state, and divides it by the total population. There are other metrics, such as median income […]
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 […]
To what extent does tax policy alone cause an economy to grow — or keep it from growing? Maine could soon have a laboratory of sorts to answer that question. Under a new initiative being pushed by the Maine Heritage Policy Center, called Free ME, the state would stop levying income and sales taxes in […]
A few week ago, Natalie Feulner, Erin Rhoda and I spoke with Keith Hammonds, chief operating officer of the Solutions Journalism network, about MaineFocus and its mission. SoJo, as it’s known, is a new nonprofit pushing news organizations to introduce “solutions” based reporting, as well as support solutions-based journalism and journalists across the country. Keith’s […]