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Grassroots effort to redevelop GNP mill in Millinocket sparking interest

Our Katahdin, the nonprofit that purchased the former Great Northern Paper Co. assets in Millinocket for $1 in January, reports a dozen businesses have expressed interest in being part of local...

Pingree calls for more federal broadband investment


Limited broadband access and speed is hurting Maine's economy. That's the chief message U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-District 1, said she came away with after attending a roundtable discussion Monday.

Main Street Bucksport hires executive director


Main Street Bucksport, which launched in 2014 to revitalize the downtown, has named its first executive director.

Portland's West Bayside neighborhood turns a corner with new investments

Laurie Schreiber |

A growing number of retail and residential offerings are attracting visitors and prospective residents to the area between Congress Street and Marginal Way, bringing renewed vitality to Portland's...

Revitalization of Pepperell Mill spurs in-migration of young people

Renee Cordes |

Biddeford is her new Brooklyn. Fashion designer and entrepreneur Roxi Suger says the former mill town's creative feel is why she and her family moved there from New York in 2013.

Here's what's driving CEI's strategic plan: 'Our economy has to work for everyone'

Lori Valigra |

A year after its visionary founder, CEO and President Ron Phillips stepped down, CEI's new management set a strategic plan to focus the entire organization on quality jobs, a sustainable...

Without people, Maine businesses can't grow

At a recent Mainebiz "On the Road" event, I asked participants in our roundtable, "What's more important, attracting businesses or attracting people?"

SaviLinx: Maine's newest HUBZone

Lori Valigra |

Call center SaviLinx LLC of Brunswick is the latest Maine company and the first in Brunswick Landing to be certified as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone, or HUBZone, by the U.S. Small...

Maine makes 'top 5 states for retirement' list

James McCarthy |

Big snowstorm coming our way? No problem. Despite Maine's unpredictable spring weather and long cold winters, the personal finance site puts our state among the top five best places for...

Maine craft brewers to tap European market

Lori Valigra |

The Maine Beer Box, an exchange between craft brewers in Portland and Reykjavik, shouldn't be confused with boxed wine. The “box” is a 40-foot Eimskip shipping container being...