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Hub of Excellence:

networks of communities driven by talent and a convergence of research, higher learning, skilled workforce and business, and a livable, healthy space.

Maine’s Economic Development Strategy G:
Promote Hubs of Excellence

MCOG's Strategic Plan, over the next 5 years, directs MCOG to expand the region’s economic diversity by embracing its place as a Hub of Excellence within the State of Maine’s Economic Development Strategy.

 

What does this Involve?

  • Implement the Midcoast Economic Development Committee (MCEDC) and develop a strategy around “regional hubs.”

  • Work with member communities to identify key local and regional businesses of all sizes, focusing on the following clusters:

Creative Economy

Marine Economy including fishing, aquaculture, and value-added production

Farming, hydroponics, and value-added production

Manufacturing, including, but not limited to:

Boatbuilding and composites

Machining and precision manufacturing

Technical components, including medical

Woodworking

Specialty food products and ingredients

Maine Bio and bio related research and manufacturing

Hospitality and ecotourism

Aviation

Green Economy

  • Coordinate the work of MCEDC with the MCOG Loan Committee to support these industries

  • Establish a regional broadband strategy and assist member communities as needed.

  • Coordinate businesses and workforce development with Goal 5 Regional Housing.

  • Work with Brunswick Landing Tech Place to establish a second center in the north eastern part of the region to further the work of incubator business development.

  • Identify best practices for local permitting processes to help communities reduce the cost and barriers to development.

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