**NEW** Aroostook Day at the Legislature
Workforce issues, education and growing the business skills of entrepreneurs present and future will be center stage at the 2015Aroostook Day at the Legislature Wednesday, Feb. 11.
LEADers Encouraging Aroostook Development (LEAD), a key partner in the Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP), organizes the event.
“We sponsor Aroostook Day as an opportunity for members of the private, public and nonprofit sectors in Aroostook County to interact directly with our elected state representatives on issues of importance to The County,” said Jim Davis, LEAD president.
The event, held at the Senator Inn in Augusta, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, then dinner, followed by formal presentations.
Ryan Pelletier, Executive Director of LEAD and Director of Economic and Workforce Development at Northern Maine Development Commission, and Scott Voisine, Dean of Community Education at the University of Maine at Fort Ken, are the speakers for the evening.
Pelletier said invitees include LEAD and APP members, NMDC Executive Board, Aroostook-Washington Workforce Investment Board, Aroostook and Washington County legislators and legislative leadership.
“Advocacy is part of the fundamental reason for our [LEAD] reasoning for being,” said Davis. “This event is our way of being able to meet with our elected representatives and inform them very directly what our issues, concerns and our ideas are. We do not expect them in Augusta to necessarily be the solution. We like to bring ideas to them as well.”
Anyone who would like more information or to attend Aroostook Day at the Legislature is urged to contact Judy Dinsmore at NMDC by email email@example.com or by phone at (207) 498-8736.
$500,000 Awarded to NMDC to Assist Rural Businesses
A half of million dollars in funding is coming to Northern Maine for loans and grants to support rural business activities that will boost economic growth in rural communities.
Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is one of two economic development agencies in Maine to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program (RMAP) funding.
Under RMAP, USDA provides loans to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) that, in turn, make microloans for business startup or development to eligible microentrepreneurs defined as very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees. Grants are available for MDOs to provide technical assistance and training, particularly in rural areas experiencing persistent poverty or significant outmigration. USDA does not directly provide funds to the ultimate recipients.
The $500,000 to NMDC, administered by the Business Finance Division, will impact businesses in Aroostook and Washington counties, and the Penobscot County towns of Mount Chase, Patten, Stacyville and three unorganized townships, and 19 unorganized townships in Piscataquis County. The plan is for funds to assist 18 businesses and create 45 jobs.
For more information, contact Mary Dahlgren at 498-8736 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NMDC Receives Funding for Solid Waste Mgmt Sept.
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.
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Aroostook Selected as a Great Region
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 Day at the Legislature
Senator Inn Augusta. For more information, contact Judy Dinsmore at 498-8736.