Opportunity Maine has become a leader in organizing grassroots initiatives that address Maine’s educational, economic and energy challenges. Founded in 2006, Opportunity Maine promotes economic security and sustainable development with innovative investments in the education and skills of our workforce.

Whether through universal expansions of educational opportunity such as the Opportunity Maine Program, or through tailored but comprehensive sector-based approaches such as our New Energy Jobs Initiative, we strive to make investments in human capital and strong communities a central focus of Maine’s economic development strategy.

Bangor Gas turns to consumers to help expand natural gas into residential neighborhoods || BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Friday, February 18, 2011

According to Bangor Daily News: The city of Bangor has some money available through its residential rehabilitation loan program. Residents who are income eligible can borrow money at 3 percent interest over 20 years to make the improvements necessary to switch to natural gas. Efficiency Maine, a statewide agency dedicated to reducing energy costs, also [...]

Women listen to advice from peers in industry || PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

According to the Portland Press Herald: In its third year, the forum is an opportunity for female business people to get tips from women who have succeeded in business, said Susan Baracco, president of the networking group Echelon Circles, which hosted the event. More: About 150 business people, most of them women, gathered Thursday at [...]

Computer tool reveals gap between Maine employment opportunities and education || BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Monday, February 7, 2011

According to the Bangor Daily News: The Department of Labor has a new computer tool that will enable it to match worker skills with job openings across the state, but it also shows the huge gap between the skills of Mainers and the skills needed for particular jobs and where those jobs are located. More: [...]

Student Loan Debt in Maine: Why the low interest rate for student loans should be extended

Friday, May 4, 2012

Background    The resolution of the on-going national debate about whether or not to extend the low interest rate on federal student loans will have a sizable impact on Maine’s economy.  Without a new plan, on July 1 the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans will double, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Student borrowing [...]

DROP THE DEBT event at Bayside Bowl

Friday, April 20, 2012

You can cut your student debt right now. Figure out how you can save thousands of dollars a year. Join us and learn how. Join Opportunity Maine for Nonprofit Night at Bayside Bowl. Monday, April 30th 6:00 PM Bayside Bowl 5% of profits benefit Opportunity Maine.

Drop the Debt: 5 things you can do right now

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Students are gearing up to graduate from Maine’s colleges and universities and they’re thinking about what to do with their futures. Overshadowing all their dreams is the specter of student debt. The high cost of higher education is not just a personal financial problem; it is a political problem that impacts all of us. Over [...]

Thank you for your support and hard work to create a clean energy economy in Maine.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thank you! We are very close to having enough signatures to put the Clean Energy Jobs Initiative on the ballot—but we’re not quite at the required number of 57,277. Maine Citizens for Clean Energy will continue to collect signatures, so that we can qualify for the ballot in 2013. Going for the 2012 ballot was [...]

Celebrate our 5th birthday by becoming an Opportunity Mainer

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

In the 5 years since Opportunity Maine began, we’ve been committed to addressing some of the key challenges that are holding Maine’s economy back, promoting educational and economic opportunity and energy independence.  To ensure we’re able to keep going for another 5 years, we’re asking our supporters to make a special anniversary contribution to Opportunity [...]

Let’s keep this moving ahead. Let’s win this thing.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Maine has waited too long for bold action to build a strong and sustainable economy.  Augusta and Washington aren’t getting it done.  That’s why Opportunity Maine Campaign has joined with a large and diverse coalition to launch the Clean Energy Jobs Initiative, which will provide the good paying jobs and energy independence that our state [...]

Opportunity Maine is seeking Interns

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Internship Program Description Opportunity Maine is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding educational and economic opportunity for Maine’s people, communities and economy. As one of the state’s fastest-growing and most dynamic non-profits, Opportunity Maine offers an educational and rewarding internship experience.  Our program allows students to choose a facet of the organization that interests them and [...]

Maine’s Green Collar Future

Thursday, August 4, 2011

There is no more important issue on the table for Mainers than strengthening the state’s economy. It is for this reason that we are committed to fighting for and promoting the development of a strong green job economy here in the state. Perhaps you have read in MaineBiz that Maine’s green jobs sector is growing [...]

Show your support for the Clean Air Act with Maine Interfaith Power and Light

Monday, July 18, 2011

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (friends and office space mates of ours) — a collection of Maine people of faith concerned about the state of environment — will convene at the side garden of the First Parish Church in Portland to underscore their collective support of the Clean Air Act. You are invited to join [...]

On Protecting Voting Rights in Maine

Friday, June 24, 2011

We’re not sure why the Legislature chose to make voting more difficult and potentially disenfranchise tens of thousands of people, particularly young people, but it was a mistake that we need to fix. Please donate $25 to help us keep young people engaged in Maine’s political dialogue. Five years ago, Opportunity Maine organized and trained [...]