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Projects

Learn about Projects for State of Maine, including The Jackson Laboratory and Vets First Choice.

The Jackson Laboratory

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?

Money Spent

$12,500,000 bonded

Vets First Choice

Vets First Choice plans to build a new corporate facility on the peninsula in Portland, Maine. This multi-million-dollar project will include an automated fulfillment center, state-of-the-art specialty pharmacy, and a world-class science, technology, engineering and math center. This major expansion will create hundreds of high-quality jobs in Maine. Vets First Choice has formed a strategic collaboration with the University of New England College of Pharmacy for residency, training and development programs. Vets First Choice is a leading provider of technology-enabled healthcare services for companion and equine veterinary practitioners. Founded in 2010, the company partners with veterinarians to create insight into gaps in patient care and offers professionalized pro-active prescription management to drive client engagement and improve compliance.

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?

Money Spent

$9,000,000 bonded