July 2023 Newsletter

  On Thursday, May 18 we celebrated over six years of community-driven planning and successfully awarded grants to expand broadband access in Franklin County. Thank you to our funding partners at the State, our Federal Delegation, local elected officials, citizen leaders, and our partners in education, healthcare, and business who showed up to celebrate with us! As of December […]

What can we do to solve Maine’s childcare challenges?

During the most recent legislative session, the Maine Children’s Alliance released a brief to legislators detailing the “significant, but solvable challenge of an inadequate early care and education system” in the state of Maine, posing the question: What can we do to support the needs of our modern workforce and ensure Maine has a professional and […]

Opportunity for Public Comment – ARPA Funding in Franklin County

Opportunity for Public Comment – ARPA Funding in Franklin County Under the United States American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, Franklin County is issued $5,870,000 in recovery funds to replace lost revenues and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The county and municipalities in Franklin County are seeking public comment on the use of the […]

American Rescue Plan Act Funding Guidelines for Municipalities

American Rescue Plan Act Funding Guidelines for Municipalities Under the United States American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, Franklin County is issued $5,870,000 in recovery funds to replace lost revenues and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment is split into two tranches, with the first payment arriving in May 2021 and the second […]

2021 Round of TIF Applications is Open

Public Notice The 2021 round of grant applications is open! Organizations with projects that are located in the Unorganized Townships are encouraged to apply for funding. Applications are being accepted until June 1st.  For further information please contact the TIF administrators at tif@franklincountymaine.gov. Application forms and program guidelines are available here.

$1 million federal grant awarded for broadband implementation in six towns within Franklin County

$1 million federal grant awarded for broadband implementation in six towns within Franklin County   On August 20, 2020 the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced that Greater Franklin Development Council (GFDC) was awarded an Economic & Infrastructure Development grant for its competitive application. NBRC’s press release stated, “We believe that this year’s awardees are […]

COVID-19 Grants from SBDC and DECD

COVID-19 Grants from SBDC and DECD   Sponsored by the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).   Please review this grant opportunity below for small business owners that are in need of financial assistance. The intent of this micro-enterprise grant is to help offset lost revenue […]

Two exciting pieces of news for outdoor recreation in Franklin County!

Two exciting pieces of news for outdoor recreation in Franklin County!   Since the end of the 2008 Recession, people have been more likely to move to recreation counties. This is particularly true for rural counties like Franklin County. Many of Franklin County’s residents have seen the positive economic and public health benefits that outdoor […]

Vote YES on 1 on July 14th

On July 14th, Vote YES on 1 for better internet! Access to reliable high-speed internet should be available for every one of our households and businesses as it enables increased opportunities for education, workforce development and healthcare – all of which lead to a vibrant community and a strong economy. The internet is the vehicle […]

How does the Franklin County region feel about reopening?

How does the Franklin County region feel about reopening?   As reopening has progressed in the Franklin County region, we were curious about the changing consumer habits for shopping and travel,  new working arrangements, broadband impact, and the open status of businesses. The survey we distributed two weeks ago gathered data on those subjects with […]