Coastal grants available for municipal and regional projects

The Municipal Planning Assistance Program at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and Maine Coastal Program at the Department of Marine Resources are seeking applications for a new round of Coastal Community Grants for FY 2021. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. Funding for this technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Program’s annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Lincoln County Celebrates Maine's Bicentennial

On July 26, 1819, voters in the District of Maine decided overwhelmingly to separate from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The vote was 17,091 to 7,132 opposed. Maine officially became an independent state on March 15, 1820.

All throughout the State, people have started celebrating our Statehood. In Lincoln County, last fall a series of talks in Wiscasset informally kicked off the Bicentennial and there's much more to come. 



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Feb. 12 Social Media Workshop for Small Businesses

LCRPC, in cooperation with the Wiscasset Chamber of Commerce and the Maine office of the Small Business Administration, is excited to present "Social Media for Small Businesses" on Wed. February 12 at 9:30 am at our office. 

Social media isn’t just for the big guys! Whether you provide services or make products, small businesses need to attract and keep customers. Social media brings new ways of connecting both locally and globally. What’s the best platform? How can you use social media effectively with a limited budget and an already-busy staff? 

Join us for a very full presentation/discussion with Shannon Kinney, Founder & Client Success Officer, AKA “#HeadHoneyBadger” with Rockland-based Dream Local Digital. 

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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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Maine Creates New Economic Strategy

When you work on your town's Comp Plan or your Economic Development Committee sets goals for the year, what's the State's strategy for tackling important issues and setting meaningful goals.

This past summer and fall saw statewide and regional meetings of hundreds of Maine citizens, state agency and non-profit staff, and many others. The outvcome, which you may have heard about is the the first formal ten-year strategic economic development plan for the State of Maine. 

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2020 CDBG Grant Schedule Announced

Check out the full 2020  Program Statement to learn the details for the several different grant programs and the application process for each HERE. The Office of Community Development, within the Department of Economic and Community Development, oversees this competitive allocation of HUD funds for Downtown Revitalization, Public Service, Economic Development Assistance, Microenterprise Assistance, and Housing Assistance.

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7 Town Broadband Planning Committee Completes Report

Seven towns joined together in a ConnectME Broadband Planning Project beginning in the fall of 2018. The work included conducting surveys of residents and businesses to learn about their use of internet services, cost, and their family and business needs. We met with two of the larger internet service providers, heard from out-of-state public and private groups with experience in publicly-owned or open access services, and many attended the 2-day Maine Broadband Summit. 

HERE is the full report, including a regional plan and individual town plans. 

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Getting Rural America Back on its Feet

Yes, rural residents want to walk — and small towns see pedestrian traffic as a way to revitalize their downtowns.

Read this ARTICLE to learn more. 

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Heating and Community Resources

It's almost that time of year: worries about heating costs, celebrating the holidays within a tight budget. United Way of Mid Coast Maine has provided this up-to-date information on winter resources in Lincoln County and neighboring towns. 

A Community Services Directory

KVCAP Energy & Housing Assistance

By town, Supplemental Resources Fuel Assistance, SNAP, WIC, Free Tax Preparation.

Holiday Events & Resources

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Digital Inclusion Center Opens

The National Digital Equity Center opened their southern Maine hub about a month ago in the LCRPC building. Lincoln County and the RPC are pleased to welcome such a key partner in digital education and workforce training. 

Computers -- at home, in school, and on the job -- are so much a part of our lives. Keeping skills fresh, learning about technology and software, especially if you're going back to school or aiming for a new job, is so important. NDEC will be offering free classes around Lincoln County, including Intro to Computers, Social Media and Web Tools, Email, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, QuickBooks, and more!

What do you want to learn? Please take this survey and let the NDEC staff know your interests!








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