Tech Assistance Available to Towns

LCRPC 2022 "Assistance with Specific Know-How" (ASK) Grant Program is open! For the past several years, we've provided small grants to towns to support technical assistance as you plan, design, evaluate or engineer solutions to priority projects. 

We plan to award 3 to 5 grants for municipal projects that support specific TA, with the grants ranging from $250 up to $2,000.

Proposals are due by Friday, June 17, 2022.


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County-wide Housing Study

Housing is such an essential part of our lives -- as families, as communities. Lincoln County’s limited housing stock and housing costs have been challenged by several major factors: coastal issues of second-home retirement (long-term); short-term rentals (since 2010 or so); competition for workforce housing; and a lack of public infrastructure, especially inland.

Since 2017, the County has been an increasingly unaffordable place to live and in 2021 became the most unaffordable county in Maine for homeownership according to MaineHousing. Rents are unaffordable – as they are throughout much of Maine, and have been so in Lincoln County since 2000 (per MaineHousing data).  

 

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Sign up for the Climate Change "LCRPC Interprets!" Newsletter

Sign up here today! 

2022

New for 2022, the newsletter will feature a different climate change topic each month and the effect on human life and the environment. Topics range from building and construction, ocean and fresh water, and safety and preparedness. Readers will enjoy segments such as ‘Climate Change and YOU’ which showcases practices and behaviors individuals can undertake to address, mitigate, and adapt to climate change; native landscaping, healthy travel, and energy reduction for example. 

A hard-copy version can be mailed to you by contacting info@lcrpc.org.

 See 2022 Editions below: 

 

2021

The Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission is preparing a monthly email series titled LCRPC Interprets: ‘Maine Won’t Wait’ Climate Action Plan. The goal of the series is to educate and distill information by providing short, easily digestible summaries of ‘Maine Won’t Wait: A Four-Year Plan for Climate Action.’ Each month will be focused on a specific strategy identified in the Action Plan. The intended audience will be town officials, interested residents, and non-profits + organizations in the area who are stakeholders in planning, land use, and climate change work. See editions from 2021 below: 

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LCRPC Welcomes New Staff

You'll soon see more of two new additions to our staff: Laura Graziano who is joining us June 6 as Assistant County Planner and GIS Outreach Coordinator, and Emily Gerencer, our Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Intern, who started May 31. 

 

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Food Resources in Lincoln County

Finding it hard to keep up with area food resources?  Below you'll find an updated Food Pantry Calendar and the new USDA Food Box Program for seniors. 

There is a new position in Lincoln County -- Food Security Community Connector -- part of Healthy Lincoln County. Jess Breithaupt is our Connector, helping people sign up for SNAP benefits, deliver pantry boxes to people with transportation barriers, and more!

Please email or call Jess:

975-6201

jbreithaupt@healthylincolncounty.org.

 

 

  

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LCRPC 5-Year Strategic Plan

LCRPC's Strategic Plan provides a set of specific priorities and actions to benefit Lincoln County communities. Here's a link to the Five-Year Plan This guiding document was created by a dedicated committee of the LCRPC board (representing a variety of towns) that met every 2 weeks for 8 months.

The Plan will help LCRPC staff create yearly work plans, formulate budgets, assess progress, and be effective in creating positive change for Lincoln County towns, residents, and businesses.

 

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MaineHousing Head Speaks at Annual Meeting

The LCRPC's Annual Meeting focused on affordable housing, featuirng a presentation by Dan Brennan, Director of MaineHousing. To see the presentation in slide form, please click here. We're working on a video.  

Read below for the LCRPC's recognition of the amazing community work being done in Lincoln County towns. The Board also elected as 2022-2023 officers: Chair, Michael Tomko, Boothbay Harbor; Vice-Chair, Marianne Pinkham, Nobleboro; Secretary, Walt Voskian, Bremen; and Treasurer, George Parker, Newcastle.

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Bremen Goes Fiber

Bremen will become the first mainland town in the midcoast to become a 100% "Fiber to the Home" Community.

After a highly competitive process, the ConnectME authority awarded three broadband infrastructure grants statewide last week. The Town of Bremen, partnering with Tidewater Telecom, was chosen to receive one of those grants. $120,000 was awarded to support the Bremen fiber optic build-out that will bring high speed broadband to approximately 400 more unserved homes and businesses.

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SBA Support Services

SBA Programs & Services 

Counseling

Are you eligible? Review this Maine DECD presentation with guidelines (as of Jan 8) and support resources.

www.sba.gov

www.sba.gov/me

www.sba.gov/local-assistance

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2015-2019 ACS 5-Year Estimates, Dec. 10, 2020

The 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates is the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, housing, and demographic information every year. The ACS is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40+ topics it covers, such as educational attainment, occupation, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry, and selected monthly homeowner costs.

ACS 5-year estimates are available for all geographic areas regardless of population size, down to the block-group level. Today's 2015-2019 ACS 5-year release will also include all data products, including Data Profiles, Comparison Profiles, Detailed Tables, Subject Tables and more. For more information, visit the 2019 Data Release Schedule page. 

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