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January 7, 2019
From the Editor

For 2019, predicting the unpredictable

Going into 2019, there's been a lot of talk about the economy and where it's headed. With the stock market taking a rocky ride, forecasts of doom-and-gloom abound.

In Maine, the last recession is still a fresh memory, and the real estate market continues to lead our economy. Are there storm clouds on the horizon?

We turn to 19 business leaders to answer the question about what's ahead. The "19 on '19" feature includes leaders from construction, retail, tourism, manufacturing, financial services and the nonprofit industries, as well as a couple of economists.

Reading the stories, there's an air of caution, certainly, but the day-to-day reality is that many Maine companies are running at capacity. They're still hampered by the lack of qualified workers.

But read the stories and make up your own mind about where the economy is headed. Starts on Page 10.

Mainebiz looks back over 25 years

When Mainebiz launched in 1994 (as Biz), Bill Clinton was president, the internet was a foreign concept and office-to-office communication was accompanied by the whirr of a fax machine.

In the April 29 issue, Mainebiz will look back on the past quarter century at who shaped Maine's economy, what trends changed how we do business and which industries emerged and which declined.

We will also, with this issue, launch "A Look Back," where we dig through the Mainebiz archives to look at what's changed. This item looks at another company that started in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Co., and its pioneering efforts to clean up a corner of Munjoy Hill — now one of Maine's hottest real estate markets (see Page 9).

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