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Jay to become a mill town once again

John Godfrey of Godfrey Forest Products announced at a news conference Friday that he plans to manufacture oriented strand board, similar to particleboard, and bring about 125 jobs to the site of the former Androscoggin Mill on Riley Road. The side of the mill closest to state Route 4, where the digester ruptured at Pixelle Specialty Solutions in April 2020, will be torn down and a new 300,000-square-foot facility will be built. Godfrey said the investment would be in the hundreds of millions.

November 2023 Newsletter

Updates on connecting all of our communities with fast fiber internet, our digital literacy program providing free tech help, CEI’s Childcare Business Lab, and workforce housing.

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 […]

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 […]

5/8/20 Rural Reopening Plan

5/8/20 Rural Reopening Plan On Friday, Governor Janet Mills announced a rural reopening plan aimed at reopening certain additional businesses in rural Maine over the course of the next two weeks with added health and safety measures. The plan comes after Governor Mills stated last week that her Administration was considering opportunities for regional variation […]