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Grant Writing Training in Portland - January 22 & 23

Monday, December 4, 2023

Portland Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant writing workshop in Portland on January 22 & 23, 2024.  This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as healthcare organizations, nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. Click here for details

MMA Legal Services Issues Guidance on Affordable Housing Law

Thursday, November 30, 2023

On April 27, 2022, Governor Mills signed affordable housing legislation into law, P.L. 2021, c. 672, entitled, An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions (hereinafter the Affordable Housing Law). The law was later amended by P.L. 2023, c. 192, which was entitled An Act to Clarify Statewide Laws Regarding Affordable Housing and Accessory Dwelling Units. Together, these bills made significant...

Domestic Trade Grant Program

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is administering the Domestic Trade Grant Program on behalf of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and is urging municipal officials to share this opportunity with qualifying businesses within their communities. The program, geared toward assisting Maine businesses with selling more goods and services throughout the U.S., will award roughly $6 million in grants through two competitive rounds.  Depending on the...

Maine Tax Portal Update

Monday, November 27, 2023

The Maine Tax Portal is now available to help municipalities file the Municipal Valuation Return (MVR), as well as requests for property tax reimbursements under the BETR and BETE programs.  Individuals responsible for filing reports or managing reimbursement programs can now set up their Maine Tax Portal accounts, if they have not already done so, by visiting revenue.maine.gov.  A video explaining how to use the portal to manage Municipal Valuation Returns can be viewed at...

All-American City Award

Monday, November 27, 2023

The National Civic League is accepting applications for the 2024 All-American City Award. Since 1949, over 500 communities have been bestowed this honor, including the five Maine municipalities of Auburn, Lewiston, Portland, Presque Isle, and South Portland.  Ready to make it six Maine communities?  Well, here is your opportunity.  This is year’s theme is “Strengthening Democracy through Local Action and Innovation.”  To that end, the National Civic...

DECD LD 2023 Housing Q&A Sessions

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The Department of Economic and Community Development is hosting five in-person sessions in December and January to answer your questions about the implementation of the LD 2003 housing mandates.  The next round of sessions will be held on: December 6, 2023 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport; December 14, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Skowhegan Free Public Library in Skowhegan; December 14, 2023 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Guilford...

Resilient Infrastructure & Flood Mitigation Program Training Opportunities

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

On December 5 and 6 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in collaboration with MEMA, will conduct training sessions on the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs.   Zoom sessions are designed to provide eligible applicants and sub-applicants with the information and tools necessary for filing grant applications, which in addition to traditional infrastructure resilience and flood...

MMA’s Serve Strong Program Featured on the Voice of Maine

Thursday, November 16, 2023

On November 16, Anthony Ward, Casco Town Manager and member of the Association’s Executive Committee and Rebecca Graham, MMA’s Senior Legislative Advocate, joined Ric Tyler and George Hale on the Voice of Maine to discuss MMA’s Serve Strong initiative.  You can listen to the interview here. The program, which will be fully implemented and made available to MMA member towns and cities in February 2024, is designed to provide first responders access to web-based...

Feedback on an Office of New Americans Requested

Monday, November 6, 2023

On August 3, 2023, Governor Mills signed an executive order directing the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) to develop a plan establishing an Office of New Americans.  Information about this effort, including the full text of the executive order, can be found here.   In summary, by January 19, 2024, GOPIF must: (1) deliver a plan to establish a new state office to support the long-term economic and civic integration of immigrants in Maine; (2)...


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