During a recent visit to the Kestrel Aircraft facility at Brunswick Landing, (from left) Ben Sturtevant from MRRA, Matt Koon and Hugh Parker from Tractus, Atsushi Suzuki from JETRO, and Tom Conley and Maria McIntyre from Maine International Trade Center.

Invest in Maine Initiative

Invest in Maine is an initiative of Maine International Trade Center and Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development designed to promote business investment and spur job creation and economic growth. The key industries targeted for investment hold a unique competitive niche where Maine offers a distinct advantage: advanced materials/composites, aerospace, food and life sciences. The focus regions for investment attraction are the EU and China.

Invest in Maine Advisory Committee

Kathy Billings, Vice President Corporate Relations, Emera Maine

John Butera, Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the Governor, State of Maine

Peter DelGreco, President & CEO, Maine & Company

James Detert, Business Development Director, Molnlycke Healthcare

Vince Gallacherv, Global Technology Director, Tex Tech Industries

George Gervais, Commissioner, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development

Martin Grimnes, Sales, Harbor Technologies, LLC

John Gulliver, Partner, Pierce Atwood, LLP

John Henshaw, Executive Director, Maine Port Authority

Emily Lane, Vice President of Sales, Calendar Islands Maine Lobster Co.

Dennis Leiner, Chief Technology Officer, Lighthouse Imaging Corporation

Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Christopher Paradis, Corporate Training Coordinator, Central Maine Community College

Laurenz Schmidt, Principal, Beltane Solar, Inc.

Stephen Von Vogt, Executive Director, Maine Composites Alliance

Brian Whitney, President, Maine Technology Institute

Invest in Maine Highlights

  • During 2015, Invest in Maine coordinated 95 foreign direct investment meetings overseas and incoming visits with 12 potential international investors.
  • Overseas contractors conducted outreach and scheduled meetings with company decision-makers expressing an interest in Maine at seven key
    industry trade shows in Germany and China: Anuga Foodtech Show, WoodMac China, Semicon China Show, Techtextil, China Composites Expo, Composites Europe, and MEDICA.
  • The regional reimbursement sub-grant program was launched in 2015. Designed to assist economic development groups across the state to build regionalized foreign direct investment capacity, the program requires a cash or in-kind match. Funding is awarded through a competitive process. Four groups received funding under the program: Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation, Kennebec Regional Development Authority, and Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council.