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Maine Connections  December 2010

Thaxter TraftonHappy Holidays! With our first "real" snowfall now behind us, it feels like we're officially in the holiday season in Maine. Soon, 2010 will come to a close, we'll change the calendars and begin the new year. In a year that has been trying for many, there have been several bright spots. New businesses and expanding companies in Maine, a terrific tourism season and plenty of awards and recognitions for Maine and its people are just some of the successes when reflecting on the year.

Just this week we celebrated some of Maine's shining stars as we honored the twelve Maine companies named to the Inc. 500|5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies. I hope you enjoy the article about this special occasion.

As we all look forward to the coming year, I invite you to look back as well and think about all that was accomplished in 2010. Our archive of Connections newsletters provides a good summary of the achievements we can all be proud of. I know I am.

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season,  

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Commissioner Thaxter R. Trafton


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In This Issue
New Maine Made Members Announced
DECD Business Tip
Maine Companies Named to Inc. 500|5000 List Honored
Putney, Inc. Receives Pine Tree Zone Certification
Mobilize Maine Summit Held
MTI Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
DECD Named 2010 Partner of the Year by Maine Rural Partners
Maine Innkeepers Association Annual Meeting Held
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Maine MadeDECD is proud to welcome the following
new Maine Made members!

Bootsie's Boutique, Wilton
Coastal Art Glass, Bath
Gem Tags, Augusta
Rangeley Balsam, Rangeley

Richard Boyd Pottery, Peaks Island
Southern Maine Soap Company, Gorham

DECD Business Tip of the Month


Buy Local This Holiday Season

Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of YOUR community, region and state.

So, support your own community and buy local. Check out the Maine Made website for a great sampling of local businesses. You'll find something for everyone on your list.

Inc.500Maine Companies Named to Inc. 500|5000 List Honored
Governor Baldacci and DECD Commissioner Thaxter Trafton congratulate William Brown and Jon Egerton of Wright-Pierce for being included on the 2010 Inc. 500|5000 list.
Twelve Maine companies were honored at an event at the Blaine House last week. Governor John Baldacci and DECD Commissioner Thaxter Trafton recognized the Maine companies that were named to Inc. Magazine's annual Inc. 500|5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies.

"In these tough economic times, it's important to recognize that there are success stories across the State, and I commend you for making investments here in Maine," said Governor Baldacci.

Check out MPBN and WCSH6 for more on this story and please visit DECD's Facebook page to see photos of the event.

Putney, Inc. Receives Pine Tree Zone Certification

Putney, Inc., a rapidly growing pet pharmaceutical company, has earned Pine Tree Development Zone (PTDZ) Certification. The PTDZ designation recognizes Putney's planned corporate growth and rewards Putney with an annual tax incentive for five years. Putney will double its workforce over the next eighteen months as it expands its Research & Development and professional sales and marketing operations to become the country's leading supplier of high quality, veterinary generic drugs for pets.
DECD Commissioner Thaxter Trafton presents Putney, Inc. founder and CEO, Jean Hoffman, with the Pine Tree Zone Certificate at a press event held Nov. 19. They are joined by DECD Deputy Commissioner Brian Hodges (next to Trafton) and staff of Putney, Inc.

Mobilize Maine Summit Held

Nearly 100 business leaders, regional and state economic development professionals and community members gathered at the Mobilize Maine Summit on Dec. 1. Leadership from the Mobilize Northern Maine and the Mobilize Eastern Maine programs gathered to discuss lessons learned and ways to work collaboratively, as well as address the next steps to promoting economic sustainability and growth in Maine through the Mobilize Maine initiative.

For more information, please check out media coverage of the event:

Bangor Daily News


MTI Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

MTI LogoDecember 1 marked the tenth anniversary of the Maine Technology Institute. An anniversary mixer was held at The Portland Company and featured refreshments and exhibits by MTI-funded companies.

Looking back over the past ten years, it is clear that MTI's investments have changed the landscape of
CashStar, Inc. exhibits at the MTI tenth anniversary celebration.
Maine's economy. More than 1,295 projects have been funded across all seven technology sectors. Over $106 million has been awarded, leveraging co-investment of nearly $173 million. In addition, MTI's annual evaluation has shown year after year that every dollar of MTI investment leverages an additional $14.27 in economic impact in Maine. Throughout Maine, companies with MTI funding have continued to grow and expand.

Congratulations MTI on your tenth anniversary and keep up the great work.
DECD Named 2010 Partner of the Year by
Maine Rural Partners

MRP Executive Director Mary Ann Hayes presents DECD Commissioner Thaxter Trafton with the Partner of the Year Award as Mike Baran, director of the Office of Community Development, looks on.
Maine Rural Partners (MRP) named DECD 2010 Partner of the Year, an award given to the organization that has demonstrated the greatest degree of collaboration within any of MRP's activity areas during the past year. "DECD deserves the award for many reasons, but we'd like to highlight their cornerstone commitment to 'Realizing Maine's Worth,' which opened a wide door to a new way that Maine communities can invest in themselves," said MRP Executive Director Mary Ann Hayes. MRP also conferred an individual merit award to Mike Baran, director of the Office of Community Development, and two other "Champions of Realizing Maine's Worth."
Maine Innkeepers Association Annual Meeting

Last month, the Maine Office of Tourism staff and contractors attended the Maine Innkeepers Annual Meeting at the Cliff House in Ogunquit to give a presentation on the latest travel research, advertising campaign and the new technology being used for social networking and website enhancements. Pat Eltman, director of the Office of Tourism, opened the presentation by reporting to the audience that more than 23 million visits were made to Maine this past summer. She also included an overview of the current marketing initiatives, including the new Shop, Dine & Stay campaign featuring Maine-made products.

In addition, Phil Savignano of the Office of Tourism participated in a panel discussion on the Maine Birding Trail, which was a collaborative effort of the Office of Tourism, Department of Conservation and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.
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December 2010
No events listed. Happy holidays!


January 2011
Thursday, January 6

It's Not Always Lobsters & Lighthouses: Best Practices for Marketing Maine's Schools

Maine Central Institute, 295 Main Street, Pittsfield

Many schools, colleges, and universities across Maine and the nation are working to bring international students to their campuses, but what are the best ways to find students that are appropriate for your institution?

 Click here for more information.


April 2011

Sunday-Saturday, April 3-9, 2011

South Korea Mission: Focus on Education and Renewable Energy

The Maine International Trade Center will be leading a trade mission to South Korea this spring with the twin goals of promoting the state's educational institutions and renewable energy assets. Maine delegates on this mission will have the opportunity to participate in business-to-business matchmaking appointments coordinated by the U.S. Commercial Service. A seminar is also planned to promote the state overall as a place for Korean companies interested in the northeast to invest.The Trade Center's education program StudyMaine will also have a major role in the spring mission.


Click here for more information.

Various Dates:
Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Webinars

Maine Technology Institute is offering several webinars for entrepreneurs 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 webinar dates, times and topics, please visit: http://www.mainetechnology.org/.