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Resiliency BulbKVCOG received funding from the 2020 CARES Act Economic Recovery Package for direct relief to stimulate and stabilize the economy. This funding has allowed KVCOG to establish two Community Resilience Coordinators, William Harper and Robyn Stanicki, whose focus through 2022 is to help communities prevent, prepare for and respond to the current pandemic as well as other disaster preparation and prevention.

This project aims to engage in and assist our region with:

  • Economic Recovery Planning.
  • Regional Resiliency collaboration and initiatives.
  • Preparing Technical Assistance Strategies.
  • Addressing economic dislocations caused by COVID-19.
  • Preparing and/or updating community resiliency plans.
  • Implementing entrepreneurial support programs to diversify economies.
  • Constructing public works and facilities that will support economic recovery, including broadband infrastructure.

Programs

Our work is growing and expanding every day.

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Blue PieceCommunity Engagement

 The Resiliency Series
  • One of the best ways for KVCOG and our Community Resiliency Coordinators to engage with our region during the pandemic and share relevant information is for us to host ongoing virtual webinars, presentations, and panel-discussions to address important topics in resiliency in Central Maine. Series topics include: small business financing, budgeting for infrastructure, flooding preparedness and planning, technologies for remote work, Maine’s mills and their reuse, and more. View past sessions.
Regional Diversity Initiative 

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Yellow PieceProgram Support and Development 

New CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)
  • Another component of the CARES Act was funding for a new Revolving Loan Fund to help businesses and start-ups in acquiring capital. Robyn and Will provide technical assistance and outreach for that program and help applicants navigate this and related programs. 
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan
  • Will and Robyn are working with KVCOG’s Community and Economic Development Specialist, Jeff Sneddon, to integrate the content of our research on resilience into the 5-year CEDS Plan being written by KVCOG for implementation in 2022. This project integrates both research and community engagement components as well as incorporating many of our Resilience Series events. 
Comprehensive Planning Services
  • Robyn and Will are also working alongside KVCOG’s Planning Director, Joel Greenwood, and Community Planner, Charles Tetelman, to incorporate resilience and sustainability into the diverse components of municipal comprehensive plans.

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Green PieceInnovation and Strategy

Working Communities Challenge (WCC) Grant with the Boston Federal Reserve
  • This WCC grant program was released in November 2020 and through the remainder of the year, Will and Robyn coordinated and participated in a number of group conversations with parties interested in pursuing an application. These groups included Skowhegan, Waterville, Waldo County, and Southern Kennebec County. Will continues to leading the grant application process for Southern Kennebec County, which focuses on housing insecurity and safety. If successful, a design grant award of $25,000 will be used to further develop pilot programs to assist people secure housing and to prevent others from losing their housing.
Land Bank Legislation
  • A group of planners, economic development specialists, and policy experts from municipal, regional, and State offices joined together to draft legislation – L.R. 1528 – aimed at establishing a statewide redevelopment office to administer a state land bank. This project is intended to empower local governments in redeveloping derelict or abandoned properties. This bill is being considered by the current legislative session and if successful will help to establish a cooperative relationship between a State office and regional and local governments to redevelop and revitalize properties across the region, and the State.
Central Maine Food Hub Pilot
  • Through a number of conversations related to food insecurity, food waste diversion and industrial composting, and food production, a need was identified for a coordinated approach around one regional entity. Following the lead of similar established projects in Maine and across the country, Robyn and Will are hoping to identify key supporters and facilitate the creation of a Central Maine Food Hub that will add capacity to ongoing food resiliency programs. 

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Red PiecePartnerships

Resilience Practitioner Cohort
  • Establishes and maintains relationships between our colleagues across Maine engaging in similar and complementary work in planning, economic development, and community health. These connections make our work more effective by breaking down the barriers that separate regions and professions.
Affordable Housing Task Force
  • The Affordable Housing Task Force was convened in 2020 to address the short- and long-term implications of the affordable housing shortage in the Greater Augusta area. Will and Robyn have joined in an effort to engage with issues related to housing and to represent KVCOG. Our hope is to build on inter- and intra-regional projects attempting to address housing insecurity with an emphasis on our rural communities with the goal of pursuing a regional housing assessment for the KVCOG service area.
GrowSmart Maine
  • GrowSmart Maine works to provide responsible, informed choices for communities to grow and change. KVCOG has collaborated with GrowSmart Maine on a number of projects, and we hope to include additional programming related to sustainable housing development and a regional housing assessment in the near future.
Waterville Area Soup Kitchen (WASK)
  • KVCOG was approached by the Waterville Area Soup Kitchen, a newly-formed group committed to rebuilding soup kitchen operations in Waterville, with the goal of helping them obtain the services they need by facilitating conversations and assisting with the fundamental research needed for a start-up nonprofit. In this and other similar relationships, Will and Robyn’s roll is to collaborate and facilitate partnerships.

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Contact Us

Will Harper 2020William Harper
Community Resilience Coordinator

(207) 358-9760

 

Robyn StanickiRobyn Stanicki
Community Resilience Coordinator

(207) 370-9310

 

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(207) 453-4258
(207) 453-4264 Fax
17 Main Street
Fairfield, Maine 04937

Hours

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 am-4:30 pm

At this time, visitors are encouraged to make appointments ahead of time.

Friday: By Appointment Only

 

Prorated hours ensure cleaning staff have the appropriate time to property clean our offices, including all high-traffic areas, in light of COVID-19.