KVCOG Names Joel Greenwood
As New Executive Director
Fairfield, ME: The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Joel Greenwood as Executive Director.
Eric Dyer, KVCOG Board of Director’s President and Town Manager of Readfield announced “We are excited for the opportunity to bring one of our most talented and experienced employees into the Executive Director role on a permanent basis. Joel is already well known to our membership and fully aware of KVCOG operations and services, which will result in a near seamless transition for the organization.” Dyer added, "In his new position Joel’s expertise as a planner will strengthen KVCOG’s essential role in supporting regional and local planning initiatives and provide deliberate and thoughtful leadership.”
“I am very happy to be able to step up on a permanent basis to lead KVCOG as its next Executive Director. My long tenure and experience in the organization will make the transition as smooth and quick as possible. I’m grateful to continue working with the exceptional team at KVCOG that provides high-quality and valuable services to the municipalities of the Kennebec Valley” said Greenwood. “As an organization, KVCOG will continue to look for new ways to assist communities across the region.
KVCOG Executive Director
Greenwood succeeds Matthew Underwood, who tendered his resignation to the Board of Directors in late January. Joel has been with KVCOG since 2011 and has had more than 20 years of experience in non-profit work, redevelopment, economic development in rural communities and all aspects of rural and urban planning. His years of experience in all aspects of KVCOG’s operations, existing relationships with its members and as an admired mentor and leader to the KVCOG team translates to a bright future for KVCOG and its member municipalities.
IMPORTANT LD 2003 INFORMATION
All funded projects must prioritize the above outcomes, but may have additional goals such as supporting climate, transportation, diversity, and broadband initiatives.
Municipalities may request funding for multiple projects.
All funded municipalities will be required to provide semiannual updates and project deliverables.
A municipality, as defined, is eligible for an award of up to $50,000. The minimum award for a municipality is $10,000. Two municipalities applying jointly are eligible for an award up to $125,000 and three or more municipalities applying together are eligible for an award of up to $175,000.
Grant deadline is March 7, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
The full RFA grant package can be found here.
Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG) has sent out "save the dates" to members of its region's municipalities to provide education and informative information on three hot topics to be announced!
Last years Planning Day included: sustainable waste management solutions to create proactive solutions to the pending closure of the Hatch Hill Facility located in Augusta, the implementation of the new housing law, known as LD 2003, and PFAS updates.
In the first session, KVCOG invited ecomaine, Casella, Apparel Impact, and the Department of Environmental Protection to present on waste management solutions, services they offer to municipalities, and how to provide community support.
In the second session, KVCOG invited Natalie Burns, Jensen Baird Attorney, to present on consequences on municipal zoning, home rule, and affordable housing initiatives, statewide housing production goals, and increasing housing opportunities, along with two of the housing coordinators from MDECD to provide insight into the implementation of LD 2003.
In the third session, KVCOG invited Tracy Kelley, PFAS and Emerging Contaminants Public Service Coordinator, from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to present on Maine's statewide PFAS evaluation/investigation and tools that the DEP has to offer to the public.
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Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1967. KVCOG is a membership organization and is owned and operated for the benefit of its members. The Council of Governments is enabled by state statue. The office is located in Fairfield, Maine and serves Kennebec, Somerset and western Waldo Counties.
KVCOG provides a coordinated approach for planning and economic development at the local and regional level. KVCOG has been a leader in economic development, environmental, land use and transportation planning with a wide array of professional talent among staff for the past 50 years.
The Kennebec Valley region is connected by the Kennebec River. It covers 62 municipalities, several unorganized territories and 5,251 square miles with a population of approximately 182,000. It includes the state capital of Augusta as well as other cities including Waterville, Gardiner and Hallowell and many rural towns. Municipal population ranges from 42 to 18,972.