What's New at MMA

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)...

Apply Now: New Water Workforce Grant Funding Available

Monday, October 30, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $20 million in grant funding through the Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program to address the need for building a pipeline of skilled, diverse water and wastewater utilities workers. Cities, via their public works departments, are eligible recipients of these grants and are encouraged to apply by the November 17th deadline! 

MMA Critical Incident Response Services Available for Member Communities

Thursday, October 26, 2023

On behalf of staff and our Executive Committee, the Association expresses its deepest concerns for the City of Lewiston and all surrounding communities who continue to respond to last evening’s horrific event.  Situations of this nature call into question the level of safety we have grown to rely on living in Maine. Our hearts are with the victims and their families, as well as the public safety officials who respond to the call to protect Maine’s residents, businesses,...

Rodent Academy: October 24 & 25 in Portland

Friday, October 20, 2023

Rodent Academy is an educational program that uses active learning to teach best practices for preventing, managing, and monitoring rodent infestations. This program is intended for professionals, including pest management professionals, sanitarians, inspectors, facilities managers, health officials, educators, and others. Pesticide recertification credits will be offered. This year Rodent Academy is being offered as a 1-day webinar (virtual) or a 2-day, in-person program. 1-Day...

Stream Smart for Municipalities: November 8th in Milo

Friday, October 20, 2023

Piscataquis Soil and Water Conservation District and Maine Audubon will be hosting a workshop for municipalities to learn about “Stream Smart” principles and funding opportunities for road/stream crossing projects.  These crossings can help protect roads and public safety against flooding, and support fish and wildlife habitat.  This workshop will provide information on basic “Stream Smart” principles and how to implement them, applicable regulations for...