The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is constructing a state-of-the-art research mouse production facility in Ellsworth, Maine. The facility will include innovative, automated systems for handling production materials. These systems will significantly increase production safety and efficiency and enhance product quality and consequently will advance the Laboratory’s position as the global leader in research mouse production. JAX has committed $75 million to phase 1 of the 3-phase project and will match the $12.5 million grant from MTAF with an additional $47.5 million, to complete the project’s second phase.
Voter Approval Date: June 13, 2017
**Bond Question Number: **1
**Bond Question: **Do you favor a $50,000,000 bond issue to provide $45,000,000 in funds for investment in research, development and commercialization in the State to be used for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades that enable organizations to gain and hold market share, to increase revenues and to expand employment or preserve jobs for Maine people, to be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in a one-to-one ratio and $5,000,000 in funds to create jobs and economic growth by lending to or investing in small businesses with the potential for significant growth and strong job creation?