Portland Press Herald - Alternative energy is among the industries in Maine that show the most potential for job growth, according to a new, unreleased state report. The study, commissioned by the Maine Technology Institute, assesses 13 “technology clusters” in Maine – concentrations of similar companies within certain industries whose specialized nature or critical mass give them competitive advantages in their respective markets. Those 13 clusters, which range from boat-building to medical devices, support 84,305 jobs in the state, according to the report.
The findings have the potential to recast the investment strategies of MTI, the state agency that directs seed money and development loans to promising startups. They also are likely to inform conversations about Maine’s high-tech potential in the wake of the Great Recession, especially in the area of wages.