Camoin was commissioned by Finance Authority of Maine to support one of the key advisory committees focused on supporting and attracting business and investment in value add opportunities for the Maine Strategic Plan. Jim Damicis and Bethany Meys worked with the advisory committee to devise a thematic approach to targeting strategies. This effort took an innovative approach to targeting industries for growth. Rather than rely on clusters or targets defined by NAICS, themes were identified based on assets including workforce skills, supply/value chains, export potential, and innovation around emerging trends.
By 2030, Maine will be known as a national leader for its forward-looking work in creating a diverse and sustainable economy. We will empower innovators and entrepreneurs, attract young families and new businesses, and revitalize rural Maine so that every person will know unequivocally that living in Maine means not only an unmatched quality of life, but an unmatched opportunity for good-paying jobs in innovative industries across the entire state.
The committee identified the following themes to target: Food/Marine, Forest Products, Technical Services, and Making/Manufacturing. Strategies supporting the themes were detailed with implementation guidance, metrics, and identified barriers to help propel this plan into action. This strategic planning process was highly collaborative and will continue to be so through implementation as the state carries out the plan’s strategies.