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October on the Go

As the landscape is ablaze with spectacular autumn colors. Dana O’Brien, President of FocusMaine, is leaning into the ‘get down to business’ vibe of fall. In this edition, we recap a month full of listening, learning, advocating, and building connections to accelerate the growth of Maine’s economy. Follow…

Maine Seaweed Showcase

The Seagriculture Conference, the 1st international seaweed conference in the US, is coming to Portland Sept. 7-8, 2022. We wanted to be sure Maine’s seaweed sector gets the national and global attention it deserves. The Maine Seaweed Showcase is a summary of farmers, innovators, educators, researchers, and nonprofits…

Spring Program Update

Programs are in full swing at FocusMaine! We’re delighted to share some exciting new work and events taking place across our signature sectors with support from our terrific partners. Read the full newsletter here. 

Helping New Mainers Access Good Food with Luc Samuel Kuanzambi

As part of our Sustenance series that explores trends in Maine’s food economy, we sat down with Luc Samuel Kuanzambi to talk about accessing good food in Maine from the perspective of a new Mainer.  In his former role as Cultural Ambassador for Hannaford,  Luc discussed the opportunities…

Transition at FocusMaine

A Message from Kim Hamilton & FocusMaine Co-chairs Dear Friends, After nearly five years as FocusMaine’s inaugural president, I’ve decided the time is right for me to transition out of my role at the end of June. The transition comes at the right time for me personally as I…

Exciting News for Maine’s Blue Economy

We are excited to share some good news: FocusMaine, Educate Maine, and a cadre of industry and academic partners are teaming up to launch the Aquaculture Pioneers program, a two-year pilot program designed to open doors to long-term careers in Maine’s growing aquaculture industry. Our vision in launching the…

New Year, Fresh Perspectives on 2022

The past two years are fading in the distance, and we are turning our sights toward what we hope will be a promising new year. To help us anticipate what lies ahead, we’ve sought out a diversity of thought, experience, and professional focus from many of our partners….

Exploring Multicultural Food Markets With Tae Chong

Do you ever wonder what drives a passion for good Maine food? How to find your niche in Maine’s food economy? Or what’s top of mind for leaders in this vital part of Maine’s economy? We do! That’s why we are pleased to welcome you to Sustenance, a…

A Bright Spot For Maine’s Summer Interns

The 2021 Maine Career Catalyst program has been a bright spot for participants this year. Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, these young people–on the brink of their first careers–found a new passion for Maine and what it has to offer. The Maine Career Catalyst is a joint…

Women of Maine’s Working Waterfront

Women entrepreneurs are increasingly choosing hardworking careers in aquaculture and turning the tides of an industry historically dominated by men. In Maine, one-third of Limited Purpose Aquaculture (LPA) license holders are now women, according to the Maine Aquaculture Workforce Development Strategy, jointly released by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Maine…