NEWS AND OBSERVATIONS

ABOUT MAINE'S ECONOMY

Maine Needs an Economic Strategy That is Broader the One Industry or Community

October 19, 2018

Understandably, Maine companies organize themselves by industry group—oil dealers, truckers, foresters, manufacturers, restaurants, and so forth.  There are lots of good reasons to work together to address common issues and that approach works on a number of fronts. Currently quite a few sectors—aquaculture, forestry, manufacturing, and tourism to name a few—are working hard to promote […]

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What comes first, the work or the workforce?

October 15, 2018

As AFM has advocated for a strategic plan to support foundational jobs, many folks have pushed back or pointed out that currently Maine has tons of jobs going begging.  How can we need more jobs when we’re not filling the ones we have? The answer is a bit complicated.  Maine’s economy has been stagnant for […]

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Can we reboot Maine’s legacy industries?

October 15, 2018

For years Maine’s economy was based on natural resources—farming, fishing, forestry—and the derivative businesses like paper-making.  In recent years the state has lost over 20,000 quality foundational jobs.  AFM has said it is unlikely those jobs are coming back.  For example, the internet dramatically reduced the demand for paper, the paper mills closed, and operations […]

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Strategy Starts by Asking the Right Questions

September 28, 2018

AFM believes that Maine’s economy needs a strategy to attract foundational jobs. Lots of folks appear to agree, but have asked the logical follow-up question: “So, what’s the strategy?”  While many groups, individuals and political candidates claim to have the answer, we don’t. That’s because we believe that developing this strategy starts by asking the […]

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Investing in Businesses (So They Can Invest in People)

September 12, 2018

The Alliance for Maine believes we need a long-term, strategic plan for growing foundational jobs and strengthening Maine’s economy. The goals of such a plan include making Maine more competitive and attractive for investments in businesses, which will use those investments to create and sustain jobs. One of the comments we hear in response is, […]

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Where’s Maine’s Place in a Dynamic Global Economy of the Future?

July 3, 2018

When we talk about the need to grow “foundational jobs” in Maine, we sometimes get this comment: “those jobs are gone and never coming back.” Although we do regard many of our legacy industries as providing foundational jobs, it’s just as important to understand what the foundational jobs of the future can be for Maine. […]

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The Bad News Behind “Record Low Unemployment”

May 22, 2018

We’ve been hearing a lot of good news lately about low unemployment in Maine – 29 months worth of good news, to be exact. That’s the number of consecutive months in which Maine’s jobless rate has been below 4%, which also happens to be the longest streak on record. If fact, Maine’s April 2018 unemployment […]

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“Tooning” In to Maine’s Economic Challenges

May 3, 2018

Facing Maine’s economic challenges is going to take real engagement and involvement by us all. We can’t leave it to the politicians in Augusta – who operate in a system that rarely looks beyond the next election. We can’t leave it to the special interests – who are simply vying for their own agendas and, […]

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About the Alliance for Maine

April 17, 2018

If you’ve visited our website, you know that the Alliance for Maine is a, “non-partisan, community-based effort to educate Mainers about our economic challenges and the need for a plan to repair and grow our economy.” While that description may sound like any number of initiatives that have been launched in recent years, the Alliance […]

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The AFM Blog is Live!

April 17, 2018

Thank you for visiting the Alliance for Maine’s blog. We intend for this blog to be an active “community conversation” about our push for Maine to develop a long-term plan to grow foundational jobs for our economy, our children and our future quality of life. Please check back often to see new information from the […]

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