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January 8, 2018
From the Editor

Mainebiz staff expanding its horizons in 2018

For this year, I've asked the Mainebiz editorial staff to expand its horizons.

While Mainebiz has always made an effort to cover the entire state and every year visits six "On the Road" destinations, from Kittery to Fort Kent, we felt like there was room for improvement. Southern Maine's economy is strong and it's easy to get caught up in only covering that. But, as we've been reminded in the past year, there are other parts of the state where things are happening.

As a result, I've asked each reporter to take responsibility for a specific municipality or region.

Laurie Schreiber, who lives on Mount Desert Island, volunteered to cover Ellsworth.

Renee Cordes, who is based in our Portland office, will cover Biddeford-Saco and York County in general.

Maureen Milliken (more on her in a minute) will cover Augusta, including the State House; Waterville and Millinocket.

Jim McCarthy, our Digital Editor, will cover Bath and Brunswick, as well as the Moosehead Lake Region and western Maine.

I am also planning to take part in this, working from Bangor two days a month.

I've asked everyone to reach out to public officials, economic development people and, of course, local business leaders. More important, we're looking to staffers to be the eyes and ears in those areas.

A new addition to the Mainebiz staff

We are happy to share the news that Maureen Milliken, a longtime correspondent for Mainebiz, joined the staff on Jan. 2.

As a staff writer, she will help lead our expanded real estate coverage, including the new Real Estate Insider/Development email, which launched Jan. 4, and the Building Business column, which will launch in the Jan. 22 print edition.

Adding Maureen to the staff will also help us increase our manufacturing coverage. She will continue work she has been doing for the past several months as a freelancer, writing the Maine Food Insider and contributing to the Daily Report email. She will also serve as backup to Digital Editor Jim McCarthy when he's on vacation.

Maureen is a seasoned journalist, coming to us from the Morning Sentinel/Maine Today Media in Waterville, where she was city editor. She was also news editor at the Sentinel and Kennebec Journal and worked for many years as a reporter and editor at the New Hampshire Union Leader. Maureen is also a published mystery writer.

Maureen's dad, Jim Milliken, who is a longtime Maine journalist, contributes the "Ask ACE" column to Mainebiz.

In nearly as year as a freelancer for Mainebiz, Maureen has demonstrated she's a dedicated journalist with a strong institutional knowledge and level of commitment to her work. She will bring a toolbox of skills to an already talented Mainebiz team. Say hello to Maureen at mmilliken@mainebiz.biz.

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