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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...


Notice of Heating Assistance

Monday, November 27, 2023

On November 21, 2023, the Department of Health and Human Services notified 67,000 households that they qualify for the Low-Income Assistance Program (LIAP), which is administered by the Public Utilities Commission. The program will provide up to $22.5 million in credits on the electric bills issued to qualifying customers who provide a copy of the LIAP letter to their utility companies.  Residents who do not receive a letter and need assistance are urged to complete the online form...


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! 


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