Some relevant headlines from around the Northeast: December 2014 edition

Posted: December 1, 2014

Help for West Virginia start-ups, Maine's focus on workforce development, and two new farm law resources.
Credit: Daniel R. Blume via wikimedia commons

Credit: Daniel R. Blume via wikimedia commons

Economic Development Center provides lean startup help (The State Journal)

The West Virginia State University-backed Economic Development Center in Charleston is featured in this news article. NERCRD TAC Member Sarah Halstead is quoted in the article: "This is a maker space. It has about $2 million worth of equipment and facilities. And it is not just for a chosen few, who already know how to use (the equipment)." Read the State Journal article here.

As Maine ages, policymakers focus on reversing trend (Maine Sun Journal)

This news story reports on how Maine officials are attempting to fill jobs left vacant by a rapidly aging workforce, while the state's population of young workers is shrinking. Read the Maine Sun Journal story here.

New report highlights legal challenges facing Maryland's agricultural community

The Maryland agricultural community is facing a diverse and complex set of legal challenges, but experts with the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) now have a better understanding of priority problems and can begin to address them head-on. The ALEI recently published the results of a legal needs assessment for the state's agricultural sector – the first of its kind in Maryland. Read the full press release here.

Legal aspects of farming are the focus of free webinar series

Farm Commons, a nonprofit organization that provides farmers with proactive legal counsel, offers a webinar series on farm-related legal issues. The webinars are free, and also are recorded and archived online. For a complete list of titles in the webinar series, visit