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Upcoming Series

These learning opportunities are designed for community members and leaders of municipalities already enrolled in the Community Resilience Partnership, those currently enrolling, as well as those interested in enrolling.

Towns enrolled in the Community Resilience Partnership receive technical assistance, help with coordinating projects, and assistance applying for a myriad of state, federal, and philanthropic grants for resiliency projects. This series will cover a variety of topics to benefit communities enrolled and enrolling in the Partnership, including specific guidance and funding opportunities for sea level rise, electrification, efficiencies, renewable energy, planning, storm water management, green infrastructure, transportation, and more. This series will highlight the successes and challenges of town-specific projects and will provide a wide range of resources and tools to help enrolled and enrolling towns to build stronger communities.

The Community Resilience Partnership is a program from the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF), helping Maine communities reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change. The Partnership provides both grant funding and direct support to municipal and tribal governments for climate mitigation and adaptation projects.

At a Glance Schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 (10:00 - 11:00 am) Efficiency Maine Energy Upgrades

Tuesday, March 9, 2023 (10:00 - 11:30 am) Landfill Solar

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 (10:00 – 11:15 am) Municipal EV Development


Past Series

Building Stronger Communities - $125,000 Community Action Grants for Regional Projects

January 31st, 2023: Slide Deck

More Resources Here

Service providers, A Climate To Thrive (ACTT) and Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC), joined us for a discussion on how they each brought together neighboring communities to write climate action plans. While the benefits of multi-town collaboration can be stymied by any number of barriers, successful groups shared how they overcame those obstacles when they focused on the “dollars and sense” of working with the Community Resilience Partnership. Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG), working with two groups converging around land conservation, community solar projects, and public works cooperatives, shared some lessons and challenges to working alongside communities with a variety of priorities and perspectives.

Speakers:

  • Johannah Blackman, Executive Director, A Climate to Thrive
  • Karina Graeter, Sustainability Coordinator, Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission
  • Yvette Meunier, Regional Resiliency Coordinator, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
  • Robyn Stanicki, Community Resilience Team Coordinator, Kennebec Valley Council of Governments

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Building Stronger Communities - Funding Projects into the Future

January 10th, 2023: Slide Deck

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Towns enrolled in the Community Resilience Partnership are provided technical assistance to apply for a myriad of state, federal, and philanthropic grants for projects targeted at making communities more resilience to the impacts of climate change. In this session, we heard from communities enrolled in the partnership as to how they were able to leverage multiple funding sources for a project. Examples included Skowhegan’s downtown plan as it related to active transportation, land use, land conservation, and Greenwood’s historic building preservation and energy upgrade project. This session also prepared towns in applying for the upcoming Community Action Grants to open in March.

Speakers:

  • Zach Gosselin, Environmental and Resiliency Planner, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
  • Yvette Meunier, Regional Resiliency Coordinator, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
  • Robyn Stanicki, Community Resilience Team Coordinator, Kennebec Valley Council of Governments
  • Matt Drost, Regional Transportation Planner, Maine Department of Transportation

More Resources:

Community Resilience Partnership Webpage

List of Regional Coordinators

List of GO PIF's Fundable 72 Priority Actions

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Building Stronger Communities - Climate Change: From Understanding to Action

December 29th, 2022: Slide Deck

The Climate Science behind Maine Won’t Wait – the state’s four-year climate action plan. Discover how communities enrolled in the Community Resilience Partnership are using tools and strategies in the plan to lessen their climate impact and achieve cost savings and efficiencies while reducing the emissions that drive climate change.

Speakers:

  • Community Resilience Partnership Regional Coordinators
  • Karina Graeter, Region 1 Regional Coordinator and Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission Sustainability Coordinator
  • Dr. Cassaundra Rose, Senior Science Analyst and Climate Council Coordinator with the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

More Resources:

Maine Won't Wait - Maine's Four Year Climate Action Plan

Maine Climate Council

M2C EMPOWER Program - Resources for collaborating with businesses and other municipalities to develop EV charging

South Portland's Ordinance - Encouragement for EV charging infrastructure 

The Kennector and KITT in Kennebunk - Examples of partnerships with local transit agencies/entities to expand capacity

Biddeford Saco Transit Oriented Development Plan  -  Encouragement of transit-oriented & compact, mixed use development

Incentives for Clean Energy Businesses -  Virtual Sanford Renewable Energy Corridor

Solar Projects:

Topsham SolarSmart Bronze

MDI Community Solar Farm

Solarize Campaigns

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Building Stronger Communities - Introducing the Community Resilience Partnership 

December 13th, 2022: View Recording Here

The Community Resilience Partnership (CRP) is a new program through the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future aimed at helping communities become more resilient to the challenges ahead. Learn about the steps to enroll your community, the no-match grant opportunities, and the ongoing technical assistance available to help towns fund their priority projects through this program. Hear about how some of the 70+ communities are using this program to modernize buildings, fund transportation projects, promote natural climate solutions, invest in climate-ready infrastructure, and build more resilient communities. This session was aimed at town managers, select board members, municipal committees, interested residents, and organizations interested in building a more resilient community.

Speakers: 

  • Claire McGlinchey, Climate Resiliency Program Manager, Center for an Ecology-Based Economy 
  • Zach Gosselin, Environmental and Resiliency Planner, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments 
  • Yvette Meunier, Regional Resiliency Coordinator, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments 
  • Robyn Stanicki, Community Resilience Team Coordinator, Kennebec Valley Council of Governments 

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Culverts: Not Such a Drain After All

April 29, 2021: In our daily lives, we are usually unaware of each culvert we traverse as we commute from place to place, but where any road crosses any stream or river there is a culvert or a bridge. An undersized, or poorly designed culvert can quickly wash away a section of road, creating a significant safety hazard and adding substantial costs to a municipalities public works budget. Following best practices to identify and address potential flooding problems well before they occur makes both fiscal and safety sense. To help navigate these and related issues, Will Harper, KVCOG Resilience Coordinator, teamed up with Ernie Hilton, Selectman from Starks, Sarah Haggerty from Maine Audubon’s Stream Smart team, and KVCOG's own Environmental Planner, Gabe Gauvin. Listen in as they discussed how a community can build better, safer, infrastructure while improving stream and river habitats.

4.29.2021_Culverts_Presentation.pdf

More Resources:

  • Stream Smart Maine: Provides design and consultation resources for stream crossings that improve habitat and last longer. Stream Smart also offers regular trainings and workshops for hands-on experience.
  • Maine Stream Habitat Viewer: Allows a user to explore a statewide database of stream crossing barriers and valuable habitats.
  • USGS Stream Stats: Allows a user to delineate a watershed basin and generate a report of flow characteristics for that basin.
  • USGS National Map Viewer: Important features include the National Hydrography Dataset, Watershed Boundary Dataset, NLCD Land Cover, 3DEP Elevation, and NAIP Plus Imagery.
  • USFWS National Wetlands Inventory: Maps current and historic wetlands and wetland habitats across the nation.
  • FEMA National Flood Hazard Layer: Includes access flooding information on the NFHL online viewer (available for most of Maine) as well as the FEMA Map Service Center.
  • Maine Geolibrary: For GIS and other technical users, offers access to a number of public datasets including those related to streams and stream crossings.

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Help My Business Now! Building Resilience with Funding, Tools, and Resources

February 2, 2021: KVCOG and our partners provided an overview of our new CARES Act Revolving Loan business funding opportunity including guidance on how these funds can best be utilized. This session also featured William Card, Economic Development Specialist with the SBA, who informed new and existing small businesses about SBA’s free and confidential Technical Assistance programs, as well as information about SBA’s own loan programs.

More Resources:

  • SBA, Maine: Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
  • About KVCOG's CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund
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