Local Food

The Greater Portland region is proud of  its national standing as one of the country’s premier “foodie” destinations. GPCOG and its many partners have contributed to the expansion of Maine’s food industry by supporting food businesses in the startup and scale-up phases.

In 2014, the Greater Portland Region received one of twelve U.S. Department of Commerce designations as an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership region. This designation attracted $48 million for catalyst projects that will help double the region’s food manufacturing employment over 10 years.

As part of this effort, GPCOG helped create the Portland Region Food Foundry. The organization convenes food-industry executives, entrepreneurs,  and investors to create a food-focused ecosystem that connects agriculture and fisheries with the businesses that can accelerate their mutual growth.

The Portland Region Food Foundry Fund

The Portland Region Food Foundry Fund provides loans to food and beverage manufacturing startups and scale-ups looking to jump start their businesses and create jobs for the region.

More than $500,000 in loan funding is available to the region’s growing food and beverage sector. Only one loan application is needed to be considered for funding from The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and the City of Portland.

For more information contact Chris Hall at chall@gpcog.org