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Maine Connections   September 2010
Thaxter Trafton

With September comes the beginning of fall and the ninth (on my list of 12) favorite months to be living and working in the state of Maine.

This time of year offers so many splendid opportunities to get out and enjoy the beauty that Maine has to offer. Whether that be touring a lighthouse on Open Lighthouse Day (see below), sitting on the deck of your favorite ocean-front or lake-front restaurant to view the fall foliage while enjoying some culinary delights, or attending one of the many fairs and festivals featuring Maine's finest craftspeople, food vendors and more, there is much to do and much to celebrate.

Speaking of reasons to celebrate, there are plenty included in this issue of Connections. And one other reason: DECD is proud to launch their new website this week. The new site is user friendly and includes information on all DECD offices under one umbrella. It was designed and built by InforME, a Maine company recently awarded fourth best in the U.S. for government website design. Check it out at www.businessinmaine.com.

Remember, you can stay up-to-date on DECD news and programs by "liking" the DECD Facebook page.

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All the best,

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Commissioner Thaxter R. Trafton


In This Issue
DECD Business Tip
Second Annual Open Lighthouse Day Announced
Office of Business Development Announces New Business Development Specialists
CDBG Appreciation Day Held
Bolduc Technology Group Announces Partnership with Boeing
Ocean Renewable Power Company Unveils Groundbreaking Tidal Power Plant
The Jackson Laboratory Opens New Facility
MITC Offers Opportunity to Explore Exporting to Turkey
DECD Manager and Employee of the Year Announced
Upcoming Events
DECD assistance programs
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DECD Business Tip of the Month

Starting a new business in Maine and wondering what licenses you may need?
Business Answers can help.

Securing proper licensing for a new business can be a tricky field to navigate...but it doesn't need to be. The Business Answers section of the DECD website offers a licensing "wizard," which allows you to conduct an online interview to find out what Maine licenses and permits you may need to start your business.

Business Answers is managed through the DECD and provides information about doing business in Maine to current and potential business owners. Along with licensing information, the program also offers business start-up kits, customized information packets and more.

U.S. Coast Guard, Maine Office of Tourism and American Lighthouse Foundation Announce Maine's Second Annual Open Lighthouse Day

Open Lighthouse Day 2010
Maine's second annual Open Lighthouse Day will take place on September 18, 2010, when the Coast Guard, in partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, will open approximately 25 lighthouses for the public to visit and tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Open Lighthouse Day is the largest event of its kind to take place across the country. Since 1791 with the opening of Portland Head Light, lighthouses have greatly contributed to Maine's proud history and have helped make its picturesque coastline legendary.
Please note that for safety and accessibility reasons, not all Maine lighthouses can be opened to the public. Information on all of Maine's lighthouses and a detailed list of the lighthouses that will be open on September 18 can be found at www.lighthouseday.com.


Office of Business Development Announces New
Business Development Specialists

The Office of Business Development has announced several new Business Development Specialists (BDS). For more than a decade, OBD has had a decentralized approach to business development. The specialists do not work in the Capital, but are literally out in the streets of their communities. They are the state's economic development experts and are based in different zones to help companies and organizations take advantage of Maine's valuable business resources. This decentralized method provides a local and more convenient way to help businesses grow.

The new group of BDS have gone through an extensive training period and are now out in their respective regions contacting area businesses to review resources available. The new Business Development Specialists and the economic development regions they represent are:

Justin Holmes--Cumberland County (Freeport, Brunswick and Harpswell only), Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox Counties

Amy Landry--Androscoggin and Oxford Counties

Chuck Morgan--York County

Caroline Paras--Cumberland County (exclusive of Freeport, Brunswick and Harpswell)

Nate Rudy--Franklin, Somerset and Kennebec Counties

For a complete list of BDS and/or to find one in your region, please click here.

Business Development Specialists
Seated, L-R: Justin Holmes, Ron McKinnon, Bill Osborne and Chuck Morgan
Standing, L-R: Nate Rudy, Caroline Paras, Roxanne Jobe, Marie Hayden, Amy Landry, and Dick Kelso
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Business Development Specialists


Community Development Block Grant Appreciation Day Held

DECD Commissioner Thaxter Trafton and Office of Community Development Director Mike Baran present the 2010 Governor's Community Spirit Award to the Town of Skowhegan for downtown revitalization.
DECD held the annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Appreciation Day on August 20 to celebrate the busiest year in the history of the Maine CDBG program and recognize over 80 community development professionals from across the state who participated in some way in the program.

The CDBG program awarded approximately $13.8 million to Maine communities during the 2010 program year. The CDBG Appreciation Day and award ceremony caps off the busiest ever two-year period in Maine state CDBG program history, during which over $50
Representatives from the Town of Milo accept the 2010 Governor's Project of the Year Award for rebuilding after their downtown fire.
million in federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding was awarded to help finance dozens of projects across the state.

Commissioner Trafton presents the Governor's 2010 Administrator of the Year Award to Judy East, Director of the Washington County Council of Governments, for her efforts on behalf of Washington County communities.
Judy East


Pine Tree Development Zone Company, Bolduc Technology Group, Announces Partnership with Boeing

DECD staff and other local and state officials, joined Governor John E. Baldacci and statewide media for a press conference on August 26 where Scott Bolduc, President and CEO of Bolduc Technology Group, and officials from Boeing Defense, Space & Security announced a partnership between the two companies. The company officials reported that they will work together to provide remote-operated ground vehicles for commercial or military use.

"First and foremost, this new
Scott Bolduc, President and CEO of Bolduc Technology Group, and Peggy Berry, Director of Boeing's Networks and Tactical Systems division sign the teaming agreement.
Bolduc-Boeing Agreement
relationship speaks to the world-class technology and workforce that exists right here in Maine," said Governor Baldacci at the event at Bolduc's headquarters in Augusta. "Through the work of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and the City of Augusta and State incentives like the Pine Tree Zone program, Scott Bolduc successfully relocated his company from another state to Maine last year. He's providing good jobs here in the region and using other Maine businesses to support his work. This announcement has the promise to grow Scott's business and new jobs."

The Governor said Maine has an aggressive commitment to support new technologies and innovation. "Through incentives such as the Pine Tree Zone program, for example, we are supporting growth in targeted business sectors to support Maine businesses, creating quality jobs for Maine people, strengthening our economy and keeping Maine competitive in the global economy," said the Governor.

For more information on Maine's Pine Tree Zone program, please click here.


Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Company Unveils Groundbreaking Tidal Power Plant

Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Company is using the movement of the Cobscook tides to generate renewable power. Funded in part by the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), with use of materials supplied by Maine companies, ORPC has created the Tidal Energy 2, a barge with a turbine generator that generates power from the movement of the water. The turbine generator unit (or TGU) is the first of its kind and allows the company to harness the power of the ocean to generate clean, predictable and affordable energy. Part of the energy created by the turbine generator powers the barge and the rest is stored in batteries to use at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Eastport.

Ocean Renewable Power Company President and CEO Chris Sauer addresses a crowd gathered for the unveiling of Tidal Energy 2.
OPRC Event
The company continues to conduct research and will use the data they gather to develop a larger installation of permanent turbines in the bay in order to supply additional power to feed into Bangor Hydro's grid, hopefully by late next year. That system, according to the company, should generate enough electricity to power 50 or 60 homes.  

ORPC President and CEO Chris Sauer says this is the largest tidal power plant ever installed in U.S. waters. The project has garnered ORPC and the state of Maine worldwide attention as countries across the globe look to Maine as the leader on the ocean energy front.

Governor Baldacci congratulated the company and noted that seeing is believing. "I think that those who are still wondering and questioning about what we should be doing as a state or a nation need to come out [here]...because it is actually happening, it is happening with Maine businesspeople, Maine contractors, it is happening with University of Maine students, graduates of the University of Maine, Maine Maritime Academy, the local community," he said. 

For more on this story, please click on the links below:

WCSH6: Energy company using Cobscook tides to power Coast Guard station
MPBN: Groundbreaking tidal power plant officially unveiled in Eastport


The Jackson Laboratory Opens New Facility

Jackson Labs Ribbon Cutting
The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor cut the ribbon on a new $10 million research building in August. Rob Taft, Director of Reproductive Sciences, says the lab's services have been increasing 20 to 50 percent a year and they were running out of space. This is the 7th new building or major renovation on the Bar Harbor campus in the last twelve years.

Brian Wruble, Chairman of The Jackson Laboratory Board of Trustees (at left in photo), and Rick Woychick, CEO (right), joined Dr. Catherine Renault, Director of the Maine Office of Innovation, in cutting the ribbon for the new facility. The project, partially funded by a $4.7 million Maine Technology Asset Fund grant from the Maine Technology Institute, and matched by Jackson Laboratory's own funds, will expand the institution's capacity to conduct R&D and partner with Maine companies in related commercialization activities.


Maine International Trade Center Offers Opportunity to Explore Exporting to Turkey

Turkish FlagStrategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Turkey has long been a major player in international trade and commerce. The U.S. exported over $7 billion to Turkey in 2009, making the U.S. Turkey's fourth largest trading partner. With recent economic reforms, the Turkish economy is growing rapidly, averaging over 6 percent growth for the past several years. With its young population and expanding economy, the Turkish market offers great opportunities for export success. 

On September 13, the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) invites you to a presentation from Ozge Cirika, Commercial Specialist from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. Ms. Cirika will give an overview of the Turkish economy and its potential importance to Maine. She will be joined by Ed Bush, International Sales Manager for The Strainrite Companies in Auburn, who will share his perspective on the Turkish market and business culture.

Don't miss this chance to learn about the opportunities the Turkish market has for your company.

MITC Offices, 511 Congress Street, Portland
Monday, September 13, 2010
Time: 9 - 11 am

Click here for more information!


DECD Manager and Employee of the Year Announced

Commissioner Trafton is pleased to announce DECD's Manager and Employee of the Year. The William Twarog Manager of the Year Award goes to Carolann Ouellette, deputy director of the Office of Tourism. The Employee of the Year award goes to Cheryl Breault, secretary associate of the Office of Business Development. Congratulations to both awardees!

Upcoming Events:
Monday, September 13:
MITC Presents "Turkey: Doing Business in the Crossroads of the World"
MITC Offices, 511 Congress Street, Portland
9 - 11 a.m.

Saturday, September 18:
Open Lighthouse Day
Various Locations
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thursday, September 23:
Maine Small Business Forum
Ellsworth City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, Ellsworth
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
This is a free event sponsored by the City of Ellsworth for organizations that serve small businesses.Topics Include:
  • Building and strengthening relationships with small business, industry, non-profit and government organizations
  • Products and services available to small businesses
  • Elevate issues and concerns in a feedback session
DECD Deputy Commissioner Brian Hodges is one of several speakers on the agenda. Also, streaming video of this meeting will be available online, so participants/attendees have the option of viewing and participating from the comfort of their computer. Click on the link above for more information.

Friday, September 24:
Maine Development Foundation Annual Meeting
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
MDF's annual meeting is the must-attend event in the run-up to the November elections.  The theme, Investing in Maine, builds upon the "Making Maine Work" report, produced in partnership with the Maine State Chamber, and provides priorities for the next governor. Click on the link above for more information.

Wednesday, September 29:
State Resources Available for Economic and Community Development
Bass Conference Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital
111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Brian Hodges, deputy commissioner of DECD, will offer a
presentation about the services and programs offered by the state to help businesses and communities grow and thrive in Maine.
 This free event is being offered by DECD in partnership with the Greater Franklin Development
Corporation (GFDC).

For more information and to R.S.V.P. by Sept. 22, please call the Greater Franklin Development Corporation at 207.778.5887 or e-mail ahagerstrom@greaterfranklin.com.

Friday-Saturday, October 1-2:

Accelerate Maine 2010
Hollywood Slots Hotel, 500 Main Street, Bangor
Accelerate Maine 2010 is the first event of this kind in Bangor's history: a business conference and exposition that will bring together leading scholars and professionals from six fields: Finance & Accounting, Research & Development, Marketing, Healthcare, Business Law, and Construction & Real Estate.

Various Dates:
Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Workshops
Maine Technology Institute invites all entrepreneurs to attend upcoming workshops to learn how to apply for funding to support business planning, market research, intellectual property filing, prototype development or later-stage R&D. For a list of workshop dates, locations and topics, please visit: http://www.mainetechnology.org/.