Newsletter – April 24, 2018

For the past few months we have been focused on outreach to towns and businesses across Franklin County to hear about their challenges and to consider how we at the economic development office can help. One topic that we are consistently hearing about is the workforce challenge with finding workers that are skill qualified as […]

Opportunity Zones and Other Updates

In the interest of keeping you informed of our work at the economic development office I’d like to share recent news with you. First, two weeks ago the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) sent out notice that they would receive applications from communities wishing to be recognized as “Opportunity Zones” with a deadline of March […]

Testifying in Support of LD520

On January 8th, GFDC Executive Director Charlie Woodworth testified in favor of LD520: a $100 million bond to support the implementation of broadband internet in unserved and underserved rural Maine. Charlie testified the following on behalf of GFDC and representing the Franklin County Broadband Initiative (FCBI):   “Like all of rural Maine, Franklin County is […]

Franklin County Broadband Plan Presentation on January 31, 2018

Last winter the grassroots collaborative Franklin County Broadband Initiative (FCBI) began the process to apply for state funding to support a county‐wide Broadband Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide each town with a choice of internet speeds with corresponding implementation costs to provide reliable internet connectivity. This will allow businesses, students, healthcare […]