Collaborating. Educating. Advocating. Working together to grow Maine’s economy.
About ABIC in Maine
In Maine, ABIC partners with the Maine Business Immigration Coalition (MeBIC), an independent §501(c)(3) nonprofit launched in 2017, to monitor demographic trends and labor needs of Maine’s businesses, and works collaboratively across all sectors to support reforms that will maximize immigrants’ ability to contribute to Maine’s economic growth as workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens.
MeBIC provides information, education, and advocacy on immigration and related issues from the business and economic perspectives.
Our Partner in Maine
Joby Thoyalil is the new Director of the Maine Business Immigration Coalition (MeBIC) and the Northeast States Director for ABIC. Prior to joining MeBIC and ABIC, he worked as a policy advocate at Maine Equal Justice, where he analyzed and developed legislative and administrative policy proposals and coordinated policy advocacy on a range of issues related to the economic stability of people with low-income in Maine. Prior to that, Joby worked as a campaigns organizer at the New Economy Project in New York, where he coordinated campaigns and coalitions, including the statewide New Yorkers for Responsible Lending coalition. Joby earned his Master’s in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he specialized in public policy analysis.
What We Do
Through MeBIC, ABIC:
- Advocates for initiatives, laws, and policies that welcome immigrants and facilitate their ability to reach their full potential in Maine as workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens.
- Partners with Maine’s business community to understand their labor needs and what resources would help them successfully engage Maine’s immigrants in their workforce.
- Informs businesses and economic leaders in Maine about how federal, state, and local policies, laws, and actions affect our ability to attract, retain, and integrate immigrants into Maine’s workforce.
- Collaborates with private and public partners in Maine and nationally to support best practices that foster immigrant integration into Maine’s workforce, economy, and society.