“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, food and beverage, forest products, and life sciences.



Invest in Maine Advisory Committee

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

Peter DelGreco, President & CEO, Maine & Company

James Detert, Business Development Director, Molnlycke Healthcare

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

Vince Gallacher, Global Technology Director, Tex Tech Industries

Heather Johnson, 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 2019 Highlights

Warm Welcome for Quebec Delegation

On March 14, 30 member companies of ACET, a tech business accelerator at the University of Sherbrook in Quebec, visited Maine as part of a two-day, four-state tour of New England to assess the potential for a U.S. location. Maine was the last stop and a briefing and reception headlined by Governor Mills and Commissioner Johnson included presentations by MTI and BioMe.

Italian Companies Look to Maine

Invest in Maine attended the Seatec/Compotec show held in Marina di Carrara, April 3-5 meeting with a number of exhibitors.  This was also an opportunity to assess this show as an alternate to JEC in Paris, and although there were a few large U.S. suppliers exhibiting, the show is much smaller and niche-driven to the Italian market.

Italy’s Consul General Federica Sereni Visits Maine

April 8-9 were highlighted by the visit by Consul General Sereni facilitated by Honorary Consul in Maine, Rob Dolci.  Meetings included James Herbert, president of the University of New England, dinner with the Italian language class at Bowdoin College and a site visit to Modula, an Italian company based in Lewiston.