05/21/2019 - Affordable Housing Forums
MaineHousing will hold five forums around the state this summer concerning the issue of affordable housing, starting with Presque Isle on June 18. This is MaineHousing’s 50th anniversary year. It will provide special focus areas on six key topics: homelessness, affordability, community development, low-income and special needs consumers, protected class members/fair housing, and the quality of housing.
05/20/2019 - Proposed Slate of MMA Executive Committee Members
Maine Municipal Association’s 2019 Nominating Committee is pleased to put forth a slate of candidates to lead our Executive Committee in 2020 and beyond. Our current vice president is Christine Landes, city manager in Gardiner, who is scheduled to become president on Jan. 1, 2020. The Nominating Committee has proposed that James Gardner, Jr., town manager in Easton, become vice president in 2020. Also nominated to the EC were: Jon Beekman, chair of select board in the Town of Fayette; David Cyr, town manager in Mars Hill; and, Ivan McPike, mayor in the Town of Hampden. There is also a petition process for people interested in running for a seat on the MMA Executive Committee. Petition forms are due no later than July 5, 2019.
05/17/2019 - PFAS Forum in Portland
A workshop helping people to understand PFAS – an emerging pollutant also known as per- and poly-fluoroalklyl substances – will be held on the morning of Thursday, May 30 at the Jewish Community Alliance in Portland. Scientists say PFAS in drinking water are emerging as a contaminant threat. Municipal attendance is encouraged. The workshop is being hosted by E2Tech.
05/06/2019 - Auburn Panel: Tough Conversations
The Sun Journal newspaper will host a panel discussion called “Go Fire Yourself!” that will explore how to handle angry and difficult customers and citizens. Is the public really always right? How should you respond when a citizen goes too far? The 90-minute event will be held at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, starting at 7:30 a.m. on May 16. Panelists include: Patricia Griffin, University of Southern Maine marketing professor; Kathryn Fecteau, L.L. Bean job coach; and Carl Natale, the Sun Journal’s digital editor.
05/03/2019 - Locating New Senior Tax Lien Notice Forms
MMA’s Legal Services has fielded lots of requests lately for updated 30-day demand lien forms to comply with the law enacted last year to help qualifying low-income seniors avoid foreclosure. Updated versions of the forms are (and have been) available on our website.
04/22/2019 - Grant Opportunity: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Efficiency Maine launched a grant program encouraging municipalities to install electric vehicle charging stations that are available to the public. The deadline to apply is July 10, 2019. A webinar to learn more about the program will be held on April 26.
04/19/2019 - Maine Philanthropy Center Event
The Maine Philanthropy Center will sponsor a conference on Tuesday, May 21 called: “What Will the Future of Cross-Sector Collaboration Look Like?” The idea is to get businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental entities working together to “advance the common good.” The keynote speaker is Dan Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector, a national organization that brings non-profits, foundations and corporations together in this way. The event will be held at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall, in the Abromson Center.
04/16/2019 - Build Maine Program Details
The organization Build Maine has released program details for its 2019 Conference, to be held June 5-6 in Lewiston. Much of this year’s event will explore the connection between municipal budgets, urban design and creating vibrant communities for residents of all ages.
04/11/2019 - Municipal Manager Career Model
The Muskie School of Public Service, graduate program in Policy Planning and Management, in conjunction with the Maine Town, City and County Managers Association, has announced a new model to prepare students for careers in town, city and county positions. It combines a guided internship with a rigorous academic component, an on-line graduate course (Managing Cities, Towns and Counties), with relevant readings specific to Maine local and county law, and more general readings. Students will be paid by the Maine Economic Improvement Fund for 150 hours at $15 per hour.
04/09/2019 - Stream Crossing Grants
The state Department of Environmental Protection is inviting proposals for public infrastructure improvement projects on municipal roads involving culvert upgrades of stream crossings to improve public safety, minimize impacts to water quality and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Beginning April 9, municipalities and other eligible recipients may apply for grant monies for improvements to public infrastructure. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, June 3.