Economic Development

Economic Development SubcommitteeGOAL
Maine has a food system that creates economic development opportunities and builds lasting livelihoods.

The Economic Development Council will begin February 2017 to consider policies, programs, and activities that support the Framework document and MFS network values, all which relate to economic development and the food system.  FMI on the Council, contact us!

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The Economic Development Council is current pursuing projects related to the following Framework actions:

Portland Fish Exchange>▪ Expand technical assistance available to businesses interested in scaling up production for larger markets.

▪ Explore tax incentives and credits as a tool to encourage investment in food systems infrastructure development and improvements that benefit Maine businesses.

  • To this end, the Council sees the need for better coordination between sectors and levels of the value chain, and is considering a collaborative event that will bring together producers, buyers, and financers, around scaling up topics most relevant to businesses.
  • The group is also looking at demand data to identify certain products that businesses might capitalize on.

Council participants: CEI, Cooperative Development Institute, FDG Law Offices, Ferment Farm, Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, Maine Food Strategy steering committee Marketing Strategy Decisions, Sunrise County Economic Development Council