Maine web designer Joe Mathers will receive a $500,000 grant from the Maine Department of Commerce to help him expand his business and develop a website that connects people and businesses.
Mathers, a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine, will receive the $500k grant from Commerce Commissioner Tim Brown.
The Department of Transportation will also match $200,000 in matching funds to Mather’s business to help fund its expansion.
Brown said the grants will help expand Mather and other web designers in Maine, who are in a competitive marketplace.
Mather is the only Maine-based designer to receive a grant from Brown’s office.
“Web design is a rapidly growing field, and we’ve been in that market for a while now,” Brown said.
“We think that this program will provide us with an opportunity to further expand the field.”
Brown said he plans to offer other web design projects in the future.
“I think this is a great way to give some more exposure to the industry and give people a way to get in front of the opportunity.”
Mather said he is excited to be in the web design field, adding that the program will help him grow his business.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to help further expand my business and build on what I already have,” he said.
Brown did not have a specific date for when the grants would be available.