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Statewide Interconnection Conference in Belfast June 22

Friday, May 26, 2023

You are cordially invited to attend The Missing Link: A Statewide Interconnection Conference on June 22nd at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. A Climate to Thrive has developed this conference in order to meet the largest challenge facing renewable energy deployment and will define Maine’s ability to reach our climate goals. Towns, cities, and their taxpayers from across Maine have benefitted from municipally-owned solar projects that offer local clean energy generation,...

Affordable Housing Rules Issued

Monday, May 22, 2023

The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) has issued a Final Rule implementing legislation enacted last year aimed at removing regulatory barriers to affordable housing production in Maine. The “Affordable Housing Law” requires additional density allowances for affordable housing developments and requires that municipalities allow multiple dwelling units and accessory dwelling units in specified areas (see 30-A M.R.S. §§ 4364 –...

Virtual Trainings Offered for Municipal Officials

Friday, May 5, 2023

How to Start & Fund an Asset Management Program from Scratch Thursday, May 11 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Cost: $75 Local governments struggle with maintenance and operations of their assets, while trying to upkeep their infrastructure to the required state of good repair, and comply with various regulations, condition assessments, and reporting requirements. Organizations confront challenges with tactical maintenance management, strategic asset management, strategic planning,...

ARPA Reporting Resources

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

With the April 30, 2023 ARPA reporting deadline facing most municipalities, both the U.S. Treasury and the National Leagues of Cities (NLC) have developed resources to help guide municipalities through the process.  For answers to reporting questions, please contact the Treasury’s help desk at SLFRF@treasury.gov or call (844) 529-9527.  Additionally, federal self-help resources can be found here, and a video describing the reporting process found here.  The NLC has...

Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program (MNRCP) Accepting Proposals

Friday, April 7, 2023

The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program (MNRCP) will be accepting proposals in 2023 for projects that restore, enhance, or protect wetlands and other priority aquatic resources in Maine. The 2023 funding round will open in May 2023, with Letters of Intent due by the end of June.  For more information, please visit this link.

Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and Tidal Bay Consulting Released New Resource for Municipal Planning and Preservation of the Working Waterfront

Friday, March 10, 2023

Working Waterfront Inventory Template.  The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and Tidal Bay Consulting recently released a new resource for municipal planning and preservation of the working waterfront. The Working Waterfront Inventory Template is a tool developed to assist municipal efforts to collect baseline data on working waterfront locations, infrastructure, and the local economic impact of fisheries and aquaculture. For more information about the template, please...

Department of Energy Announces Two New Funding Opportunities

Thursday, March 9, 2023

The Department of Energy announced two new funding opportunities—totaling $315 million—as part of the Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) program. The ERA program aims to improve the resilience, reliability, and affordability of energy systems in communities across the country with 10,000 or fewer people. For more information on the ERA program, please visit this site and for more information on the Energizing Rural Communities Prize,  please...

U.S. Treasury Re-opens Its Helpline and Contact Centers

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The assistance is well timed, as the April 30, 2023 annual reporting deadline for most Maine municipalities is fast approaching. The process for filing an annual report can be complicated and overwhelming to municipal staff unfamiliar with federal filings. Click here to read the NLC Update. For more information and links to resources on ARPA grant requirements, see MMA Legal Services information packet on the topic in the “members’ area” of our site.