05/17/2018 - Marijuana Legalization Seminar
The law firm of Drummond Woodsum will hold a workshop for municipal officials about the new state law authorizing the legal use of recreational and medical marijuana. The workshop will be held at the Drummond Woodsum offices in Portland on May 24.
05/15/2018 - Onboarding New Employees: Maximizing Success
The Maine Rural Water Association will be offering its free "Onboarding New Employees: Maximizing Success" class on May 23 in York and May 24 in Lewiston. The class will assist managers, superintendents, foreman, etc. with "growing" and successfully retaining qualified staff.
05/11/2018 - Institute for Civic Leadership Program, Scholarship
The Maine Development Foundation is promoting ICL’s “Leadership Intensive” program, a seven-month, 14-day program aimed at senior and upper management leaders in public, private and non-profit organizations. There are scholarship opportunities available for municipal employees, through the Al Curran Scholarship Fund.
05/03/2018 - Important Legal Marijuana Updates
On May 2, 2018, the Maine Legislature voted to override Governor LePage’s veto of LD 1719, “An Act to Implement a Regulatory Structure for Adult Use Marijuana.” This new law, which was enacted as an emergency, takes effect immediately, and completely replaces the existing recreational marijuana statutes. For those municipalities wondering whether to extend their moratorium ordinances, or enact prohibition ordinances, you can relax. MMA’s Marijuana Resource area is a good source of information on this topic.
05/02/2018 - Rural Community Development Grants
Applications are being accepted for the USDA’s Rural Community Development Initiative Grant Program, which annually awards grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 to successful applicants. Over the past 14 years, Maine communities have been awarded more than $4.6 million in grants through this program. The deadline to apply is June 15.
04/26/2018 - Ranked-Choice Voting Information Sessions
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has unveiled a new section of the department website offering several informational resources for voters who are seeking to educate themselves about ranked-choice voting. On June 12, 2018, this method of voting will be used for the first time ever in a statewide election as voters cast their ballots in the Primary Election.
04/23/2018 - Shore and Harbor Planning Grants
The Maine Coastal Program announces the opening of its grant program, which promotes sound waterfront planning and harbor management. Grant applications cannot exceed $30,000 and a 25 percent local match (cash or in-kind) is required. Deadline to apply for the grants is May 18, 2018.
04/20/2018 - Adapting to Rising Water Levels
The Maine Alliance for Smart Growth, Maine Downtown Center and Kennebec Valley Council of Governments will hold a seminar on dealing with rising water levels and flooding, on May 8 at Augusta City Hall.
04/20/2018 - Reminder: Maine Municipal Association Nomination Process
The process of nominating MMA Executive Committee members and Vice President to serve in 2019 is under way. The Executive Committee guides MMA staff in making operational, financial and strategic decisions. The deadline to return a Statement of Interest to serve on this important board is Monday, May 7, 2018 by 12:00 noon.
04/19/2018 - Island Energy Conference
The Island Institute will hold the 2018 Island Energy Conference on May 3-5 in South Portland and on Islesboro, with the theme, “Resilient Together.” The conference will highlight the ways in which island communities are increasing their energy resilience.