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‘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 […]

Ideas to grow Maine’s economy discussed at our first MaineFocus event

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, […]

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 […]

Maine’s workforce is getting better; how can we make sure it continues?

While labor force gains resulting from the growing attachment of older workers to the labor force are anticipated to more than offset losses stemming from other demographic changes, the slowly growing and aging workforce will be a problem as employers seek to replace experienced workers and expand their businesses.One means of accommodating reduced quantity is […]

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