10/18/2019 - Fiscal Survey Deadline Extended
Maine Municipal Association’s State & Federal Relations staff has extended the deadline of completing its annual Fiscal Survey until Nov. 15. This year, MMA moved to an online data collection system for the Local Government Fiscal Survey, which is conducted each year in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau. The information gathered in this survey is beneficial for federal, state, and local government officials and is used to generate MMA’s Fiscal Survey Report. It is one of a very few sources of comprehensive municipal revenue and expenditure data.
10/18/2019 - Environmental Policy Updates
Learn about new environmental policies recently enacted by the Maine Legislature in the areas of climate change, chemical regulation, product packaging and other sectors. The panel will include speakers from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Maine Municipal Association. The event will take place at the Governor Hill Mansion on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Augusta. Municipal officials can attend for free, although advance registration is needed for the event organizer, E2Tech.
10/16/2019 - MMA Convention Presentations
Many written portions of the presentations from the Maine Municipal Association’s Oct. 2-3 Convention in Bangor are now available online. The event was a success. Our four featured speakers performed admirably, and 122 exhibitors and sponsors supported the event – a record for MMA. We hope to see you next year, Oct. 7-8, 2020, at the Augusta Civic Center.
10/16/2019 - MMA Issues FOAA Guidance
In light of a “blanket” Freedom of Access request that members are receiving from a Florida-based organization, the Legal Services Department at Maine Municipal Association has produced guidelines on how to respond. Members can also contact MMA with follow-up questions.
10/15/2019 - Efficiency Maine Rebate, Grant Programs
Efficiency Maine is offering $7,500 “instant rebates” to municipalities and tribal governments for the purchase or lease of new electric vehicles for government offices and fleets. Also, the organization has opened a second round of its grant program for bidders that want to host, purchase and install public Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations in areas where there is a high likelihood of significant use and longevity.
10/10/2019 - GrowSmart Maine Summit
The organization GrowSmart Maine will hold its annual summit event on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Pepperell Mill complex in Biddeford. The theme of this year’s event is, “Smart Growth Builds Wellness.” The event will emphasize each community’s role and inter-connectedness in the physical, mental and social well-being of its citizens.
10/02/2019 - U.S. DOL Issues New Overtime Regulations
MMA’s Legal Services reports that the U.S. Department of Labor has issued long-anticipated regulations revising the salary threshold required for overtime pay exemption under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
09/27/2019 - Maine Grown: Building a Future on Big Ideas
The Maine Community Foundation will hold a summit on entrepreneurship and innovation at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The conference, which starts at 3 p.m., will celebrate the visionaries creating opportunity for themselves and others, and will help attendees gain a better understanding of the networks and resources that support innovation, as well as the barriers that stand in the way.
09/23/2019 - Maine’s New Forest Economy Symposium
Wells Conference Center will be the site of an afternoon symposium on Maine’s forest economy, which is organized by the University of Maine, Maine Forest Products Council and FOR/Maine, on Oct. 23, The conference will focus on sustainable forestry, product technologies and business reinvestment. Early registration is encouraged, as the event is limited to 120 attendees. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required.
09/19/2019 - Annual Report Winners!
The municipalities of Cumberland, Vassalboro, Phippsburg, Carrabassett Valley and Cranberry Isles were recognized for producing the highest-quality Annual Reports, during recent judging held at the Maine Municipal Association. MMA’s Annual Report Competition, which has been held for more than 50 years, recognizes municipalities for producing reports for their citizens that have excellent content, are well organized and visually appealing. More than 200 municipalities entered reports this year. In all, 16 communities received special distinction for the quality of their annual reports.