More Than $1 Million for Bangor Commercial Kitchen Incubator Secured by Senator Collins in Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $1,010,000 to install a Commercial Kitchen Incubator in Bangor in the draft Fiscal Year 2022 Health and Human Services Appropriations bill. The bill, which was officially released by the full Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon, must still be voted upon by the full Senate and House.


“This new business development facility will create a professional, shared-use environment for Maine farmers and other agricultural producers to grow their businesses and add value to their products, supporting jobs throughout the region,” said Senator Collins.  “I will continue to champion this funding as the appropriations process moves forward.”


A commercial kitchen incubator will grow the business of locally produced agricultural products, create jobs, and develop market opportunities for food production operations throughout northern Maine in a professional, shared-use environment.  It will address a deficiency in the food production infrastructure in Maine – a lack of a central kitchen or co-packing facility that can help businesses grow.