“MITC enabled us to visit a number of undoubtedly helpful locations and future business partners. They were incredibly helpful with every kind of question we had, and it was honestly a pleasure to work with them. Needless to say, we are very thankful for their help and appreciate the corporate connection and even friendship that we have built with them during our visits.” Thomas Estle, Owner, TEL – Gründenhof, Kuppenheim, Germany

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 to 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 and composites, aerospace, food and beverage, forest products, and life sciences.



Invest in Maine Advisory Committee

Bryan Briggs, Commercial Business Manager, OPTI Medical Systems, Inc.

Aaron Chadbourne, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor, State of Maine

Peter DelGreco, President & CEO, Maine & Company

James Detert, Business Development Director, Molnlycke Healthcare

John Endicott, Chief Operating Officer, State of Maine EB-5 Regional Center

David Erb, Jr., Senior R&D Program Manager, Advanced Structures & Composites Center, University of Maine

Vince Gallacher, Global Technology Director, Tex Tech Industries

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

Dennis Leiner, Chief Technology Officer, Lighthouse Imaging Corporation

Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

Jason Lundy, Vice President, Bank of America

Maria McIntyre, Managing Director, Invest in Maine

Wade Merritt, President, Maine International Trade Center

Zeynep Turk, Senior Trade Specialist, Maine International Trade Center

Stephen Von Vogt, Executive Director, Maine Composites Alliance

Brian Whitney, President, Maine Technology Institute

Invest in Maine 2017 Highlights

  • Invest in Maine welcomed more than 15 delegations representing businesses, government officials, and academia from Europe and Asia during 2017. Industry sectors of greatest interest were advanced materials and composites, food andbeverage, and forest products.
  • Invest in Maine coordinated outreach in advance of trade shows in key industry sectors:  Tissue World (Milan), Seafood Expo North America (Boston), JEC World (Paris), and CAMX (Orlando). Combined efforts with OCO Global resulted in nearly 50 meetings with potential investors at the four venues. While this was the first foray to Tissue World, meetings held in Milan resulted in 3 companies conducting introductory visits to Maine in 2017.