The Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO) at MITC connects Maine businesses and institutions with opportunities in the North Atlantic and Arctic regions and facilitates introductions for international partners in the region looking to innovate or locate in Maine.

What is the North Atlantic – Arctic region?

Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador), Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom

$1 trillion in infrastructure needed in the Arctic according to research by Guggenheim Partners

Over 300 Mainers traveled to Arctic markets with MENADO since 2014

Maine trade with the North Atlantic - Arctic region averages $825 million annually


MENADO can advise Maine companies on applied, real-world context to increase global competitiveness and make connections with international leaders in marine bioprocessing, forest management and bioeconomy, circular economy practices, smart cities development, and utilizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Maine’s growing role in the Arctic is facilitated by MENADO, ensuring that Maine voices and expertise are included in key international forums such as the Arctic Economic Council, High North Atlantic Business Alliance, the Arctic Council, the Arctic Circle Assembly, and Arctic Frontiers.

Arctic Circle Assembly 2022

MENADO supported a delegation of 41 Mainers for business development meetings and to attend sessions and private events at the 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik. The delegation included business professionals, academics, students from 6 Maine colleges and universities, scientists, artists, representatives from two fine art museums, and investors.  MENADO hosted a Maine delegation meeting at Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs where Maine and Iceland discussed trade and collaboration priorities, and Iceland’s Foreign Minister Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir addressed the group.

Maine and the Global Arctic

Maine’s geographic location establishes the state as a strategic transportation node between the eastern seaboard and new Arctic trade routes. Beyond its geographic location, Maine’s strategic significance also lies in its established connections with Arctic nations and the Arctic economy. 


Greenland Field Research Experience

Faculty and student scientists traveled to South Greenland for Arctic research and field training. The group studied different socio-environmental systems with research focused on water monitoring, freshwater security, tidewater glaciers, and agritourism.


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