**NEW** Request for Propoal
Northern Maine Development Commission on behalf of the Maine Economic Development Districts Association (MEDDA) seeks Proposals and expressions of interest from qualified firms (Consultant). Consultant services are sought to provide Mobilize Maine (MM) economic development planning oversight and implementation activities for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Northern Maine Development Commission on behalf of MEDDA to coordinate and implement the second phase of the MM economic development planning process for the seven economic development districts of Maine. This grant will make it possible to complete work begun in Phase I of the MM Cluster Development (MMCD) project. Scope of services will include finalize asset mapping in each region; finalize the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and create a statewide CEDS document; and to assist in combining Economic and Workforce Development strategies. Other functions will be to create a statewide MM communication strategy and convene monthly MM meetings.
Proposals are due at the Caribou office of the Northern Maine Development Commission no later than 4 p.m., Dec. 18, 2013. Questions about the RFP may be emailed until 2 p.m. Dec. 13, 2013 and to the attention of Judy Dinsmore at email@example.com. The full RFP can be reviewed here.
NMDC Receives Funding for Solid Waste Mgmt
NMDC is pleased to announce it has received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA-RD) Solid Waste Management Grants Program. The objectives of this grant program are to reduce or eliminate pollution of water sources in rural areas and improve planning and management of solid waste facilities and sites located in rural areas. The funding provided will be used to foster a broader understanding among community members, students, and solid waste professionals on waste management programs, waste reduction and recycling strategies, and state and federal regulations or laws relating to waste management.
Click Here to view complete Scope of Work.
NMDC to Receive $275,000 to Advance Manufacturing in the Region
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Wednesday that the NMDC will receive $200,000, supplemented by a second award of $75,000 from USDA Rural Development to help the Biomass Clean Tech Manufacturing Cluster Strategic Plan create a manufacturing facility for biomass heating appliances in northern Maine. Click here for full story.
Project Canopy Grant Process Overview
Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs. To be eligible to apply for 2013 Project Canopy Assistance grants, all applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application.
Click here for more info and to register.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection a Success
Forty-one (41) residents and retired farmers from throughout Aroostook County participated in the 2013 HHW collection. This program was free of charge to residents.
Click Here to view map of participants and materials collected.
Ameridial Settles into Fort Kent Facility
A Northern Maine Finance Corporation (NMFC) owned building in Fort Kent, which has sat empty for more than two years, is once again a place of business now that Ameridial has signed a three-year lease to operate a call center at the facility.
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Aroostook Selected as a Great Region
Virginia Manuel, State Director USDA
Rural Development, presents a Great Region partnership plaque to NMDC Executive Director Bob Clark. USDA Rural Development has selected Aroostook, Piscatiquis and Washington counties to be a Great Region based
on each county's strengths and potential for growth.
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Aroostook County Tourism Network Created
In an effort to increase communications and strengthen collaborative efforts in Aroostook, an ACT Network is being established that will provide the opportunity for people within the tourism industry to share information and be regularly informed of tourism promotional efforts of Aroostook County Tourism (ACT), the Maine Office of Tourism and other organizations performing tourism related efforts.
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Low Impact Development to Reduce stormwater Runoff and Protect Water Quality workshop at NMDC office in Caribou. Contact Jay Kamm, 498-8736, for more information.
LWIB Board meeting via Polycom video conference at Caribou, Machias & Calais locations
Loan Review Committee mtg at NMDC in Caribou
Executive Board mtg at NMDC in Caribou