Maine Maple Sunday: March 24, 2019

Maple Maple Sunday is coming up on Sunday, March 24th! There are a number of sugar shacks and farms in Lincoln County opening their doors for a fun "sugar and animal" filled day!

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SBA Emerging Leaders Program coming to Brunswick in 2019

SBA Emerging Leaders Program coming to Brunswick in 2019!

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities.

Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, municipal leaders, and the financial community. Recruitment for the Emerging Leaders Initiative has just started, and the deadline to apply is April 1. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable, enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.

 

 

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The Future of Broadband: Community Goals, Municipal Ownership?

The Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission is pleased to present a program on municipal and regional broadband utility models with guest speakers Jeff Christensen, President/CEO of EntryPoint Networks, Kerem Durdag, Chief Operating Officer at GWI, Tracy Scheckel, Marketing and Public Relations Director at OTELCO, and Mark Ouellette, Axiom Technologies on Monday, March 11 at 4 pm at the LCRPC building, 297 Bath Road, Wiscasset. 

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, please contact: Mary Ellen Barnes, 882-5983 or [email protected]

 

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Express Your Opinion on Maine’s Outdoor Recreation Priorities

The public is encouraged to participate in an online survey designed to inform recreation planning and funding priorities across Maine.

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Free Tax Prep Assistance Available

Many Midcoast families and individuals could overlook important federal tax benefits because they simply don’t know about them. There are a number of free and confidential tax preparation resources to assist low-to-moderate income Lincoln County residents.

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Renewable Energy Site Assessment Funds Available To Lincoln County Small Business & Farmers

This Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) project will provide small businesses and farmers in the County with the services of a renewable energy professional who will evaluate the potential for renewable energy systems to lower electrical costs, reduce or eliminate use of fossil fuels and/or increase the efficiency of your business operations.

This will include a site visit and analysis of your energy use and costs, and a report with potential renewable energy installation or construction options, preliminary cost estimates, and recommendations about suppliers/vendors and available grants and loans.

To apply for a renewable energy site assessment of your business or farm in Lincoln County, please fill in this FORM

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CDBG 2019 Grant Calendar

Many towns and businesses have been able to accomplish public and business goals through the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. LCRPC works with towns, businesses and non-profits to figure out if CDBG is a good fit and assist along the way to prepare a competitive application.

Whether the community project is improving water or sewer, or business funds to match investment that allows a company to grow, all CDBG-funded activities must meet one of three National Objectives of the program.  

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New EPA Hazardous Site Assessment Project

The LCRPC has been awarded $200,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency to assist in the inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct cleanup planning and community involvement activities for hazardous waste sites in the County.

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Welcoming New County Planner

We're excited to announce the hiring of Megan McLaughlin of Woolwich to serve as County Planner. Megan has worked for three years  in the Planning Department of Old Orchard Beach. 

She started work a few weeks ago, and she's getting up-to-speed on current land use and transportation projects, traveling around the County, and talking with Selectboards and Planning Boards about upcoming priorities. 

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LC Begins ConnectME Planning Project

ConnectME awarded Lincoln County a two-phase Community Planning Grant to focus on the North/West region of Lincoln County, including the towns of Somerville, Jefferson, Whitefield, Dresden, Wiscasset, Westport Island, and Edgecomb. Following an RFP process, we've contracted with Axiom Technologies to assist us. 

HERE are the summary reports from the resident and business surveys.

 

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Business Directory

Upcoming Deadlines

02.08CDBG 2019 Letters of Intent
04.01Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants
04.12Community Forestry Grants

Events

02.27Feb 27 MPTAC Small Biz Counseling
02.28Food Security Coalition
03.02Local Food, Local Hunger Forum
03.077-Town ConnectME Broadband Project
03.11Municipal Broadband Models
03.20LCRPC Exec Comm Mtg

Current Projects