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Governor Mills Announces Nearly $20 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grants to Support Maine Farmers and Food Processors

August 19, 2022

The Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Program delivers vital grant funding to enhance agriculture and food processing infrastructure in Maine

Read more on Governor Mills' website

DEP is seeking applications for $3 million in grants to upgrade and replace stream crossings

August 18, 2022

Maine DEP is administering $3 million dollars from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan for a single round of grant funding in 2022 to assist municipalities with stream crossing upgrades and replacements

Read more on Department of Environmental Protection website

DHHS Announces Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Child Care Grant Program Now Accepting Applications for Construction and Expansion of Child Care Centers

August 18, 2022

The next phase of grantmaking will expand access to child care and employment opportunities by assisting providers with brick-and-mortar costs for building and expanding child care centers

Read more on Department of Health and Human Services website

Efficiency Maine Announces Funding to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Rural Communities

August 18, 2022

This is the first of a series of planned EV charging infrastructure incentives from Efficiency Maine using $8 million allocated by Governor Janet Mills’ Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan

Read more on Efficiency Maine Trust website

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Governor Mills Visits Lewiston Businesses Benefitting from Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan PRIME Grants

August 16, 2022

Governor Janet Mills today visited Bourgeois Guitars and Quoddy in Lewiston to learn about how new economic recovery grants awarded through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan are helping two iconic Maine businesses succeed

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Mills Administration Makes Available 2nd Round of Grant Funds to Support the Expansion of Public Pre-K

August 5, 2022

Maine SAUs interested in starting or expanding public pre-k are encouraged to apply for funding through the Pre-K Expansion Request for Applications

Read more on Department of Education website

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Governor Mills Announces $23 Million in Grants from Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to Support Maine Technology Companies

July 28, 2022

The Maine Technology Institute’s “Prime” program made 174 awards to companies to aid recovery from the pandemic, invest in new products and business lines, attract new customers, and sustain long-term growth

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Mills Administration Awards $22 Million from Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to 20 Wastewater Facilities to Improve Wastewater Infrastructure

July 25, 2022

New grants will support projects that protect public health, create jobs and reduce costs on taxpayers

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Announces “Thrive Maine” Program to Support Small Businesses

July 22, 2022

New program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine will provide $58 million in forgivable loans to Maine small businesses

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Announces $1.6M Grant Program to Expand Medical Provider Training in Rural Maine

July 20, 2022

Governor Janet Mills announced today that she is providing up to $1.6 million through her Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to expand opportunities for training health care professionals and medical providers in rural communities, further strengthening Maine’s health care workforce

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Mills Administration Awards Nearly $20 Million From Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to 13 Maine Communities to Protect Infrastructure from the Effects of Climate Change

July 19, 2022

Cities and towns across Maine will use grants to improve local resilience against climate effects such as flooding, rising sea levels, and extreme storms.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Announces Launch of $10 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grant Program to Help Child Care Businesses Start or Expand

July 6, 2022

Awards could support more than 3,500 new child care slots, helping 2,000 parents pursue career and educational opportunities

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Announces More Than $15 Million in Grants Through Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to Support Seafood Dealers and Processors

June 29, 2022

Grants build on cost-relief actions taken by Governor last week to help Maine’s iconic seafood industry

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills & Efficiency Maine Announce $15 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Cut Energy Costs in Schools and Public Buildings

June 17, 2022

Investment from Governor’s Jobs Plan will allow more Maine schools, towns, cities, and Tribal governments to reduce energy costs and create savings for taxpayers

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Launches $50 Million Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Rebuild Maine State Parks

June 8, 2022

Plan to upgrade parks across Maine represents first meaningful investment in park infrastructure in 15 years; comes at a time of record visitation and aims to improve experience for Maine people and visitors

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Announces $4 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiatives to Offer Student Loan Repayment Assistance & Bolster Scholarships for Health Care Careers

June 7, 2022

Programs from Finance Authority of Maine offer scholarships and student loan relief to help Maine attract and retain nurse educators and health care professionals in medicine, dentistry, and behavioral health

Read more on Governor Mills' website

06-03-22 Gov. Mills Announces Jobs Plan Funding for Apprenticeships at Lewiston Adult Education

Governor Mills Announces $12.3 Million To More Than Double Apprenticeships for Maine People & Strengthen Maine’s Workforce

June 3, 2022

Awards to 14 Maine organizations will support the significant expansion of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities in more than 50 new occupations

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Promotes Free Community College at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor

May 31, 2022

The Governor visited two of EMCC’s workforce classes – one on surgical tech and the other on commercial driving – that are supported by investments through the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Maine Connectivity Authority Announces New Jumpstart Connectivity Initiative

May 25, 2022

The initiative will provide funding from the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan for between 1 and 4 pilot projects with a total budget of up to $2M to provide accelerated low-cost internet access to the least served areas of the state.

Read more on Maine Connectivity Authority website

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Governor Mills Tours MaineGeneral Health’s Alzheimer’s Care Center, Promotes Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grant Program to Make Respite Care More Affordable for Caregivers Across Maine

May 25, 2022

Governor Janet Mills today toured MaineGeneral Health’s Alzheimer’s Care Center in Gardiner. The Governor applauded the Center’s extraordinary work in providing first-class care and promoted her Administration’s forthcoming grant program – Respite Care for ME – that will help caregivers afford respite care for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Mills Administration Announces $3.7M Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Develop Industry-Specific Approaches to Expanding Maine's Workforce

May 25, 2022

New program from the Maine Department of Labor will create industry partnerships that devise workforce development strategies for employers to attract and retain talented workers.

Read more on Department of Labor website

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Mills Administration Announces $5-million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan To Connect Workers and Employers Through Shared Transportation

May 19, 2022

The Maine Department of Transportation today announced the launch of a Workforce Transportation Pilot program, an initiative of Governor Janet Mills' Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, to pursue and develop transportation solutions that connect workers with employers across Maine.

Read more on Department of Transportation website

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Governor Mills Promotes Importance of Expanding Child Care During Visit to Child Care Center in Windham

May 18, 2022

Governor Janet Mills today underscored the importance of expanding child care in Maine during a visit to Creative Explorations Child Development Center in Windham.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Highlights Responsible Aquaculture as Opportunity to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy, and Promote Maine Seafood

May 17, 2022

During a roundtable with sea farmers from the New Meadows River Shellfish Co-op today, Governor Janet Mills highlighted her Administration’s commitment to responsible aquaculture as an opportunity to strengthen and diversify Maine’s economy, generate good jobs, and provide Maine people with sustainable, locally-farmed seafood.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Mills Administration Launches $1.5 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Promote Health Care Careers

May 12, 2022

Upcoming marketing campaigns from Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor will focus on attracting and retaining health care workers.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills & MaineHousing Announce $20 Million to Expand Affordable Rental Housing in Rural Maine

May 10, 2022

Funds from the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and MaineHousing will support the construction of rental housing in rural areas to address Maine’s housing shortage

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Announces ConnectMaine Approval of Broadband Infrastructure Grants

May 4, 2022

Governor Janet Mills announced today that the ConnectMaine Board of Directors has voted to approve the second round of broadband infrastructure projects funded by the High Speed Internet Infrastructure Bond and the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

Governor Mills & Efficiency Maine Announce $4 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Program to Reduce Energy Costs for Hospitality Businesses

May 2, 2022

Governor Janet Mills and Efficiency Maine announced today the launch of a $4 million program from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to help Maine hospitality businesses make energy-efficiency improvements and reduce their energy costs.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan: Opportunities for School Districts, CTEs, and Adult Education – Webinar on May 3, 2022

April 27, 2022

Join the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan team on Tuesday, May 3 at 9:00 AM for a webinar discussing the Jobs Plan's grant opportunities for school districts, career and technical education (CTE) centers, and adult education programs.

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On Earth Day, Governor Mills Announces $2.5 Million for 75 Maine Communities to Fight Climate Change

April 22, 2022

Grants from Community Resilience Partnership will support local climate action, clean energy and energy efficiency projects, and strengthen regional cooperation in support of the State’s climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan: Opportunities for Local Communities – Webinar on May 5, 2022

April 22, 2022

Join the state's Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan team on Thursday, May 5 at 12:00 PM for a webinar discussing the Jobs Plan's grant and program opportunities for municipalities and local communities. This session will be of particular relevance to officials from municipal, county, and tribal governments, as well as staff from regional planning organizations and other local technical assistance groups. The webinar will be cohosted with the Maine Municipal Association.

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Governor Mills Announces $39.6 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Program to Invest in Maine Technology Companies

April 21, 2022

The Pandemic Recovery for an Innovative Maine Economy (PRIME) Fund, open now through May 19, helps Maine technology companies with investment to recover from pandemic, develop new products, attract new customers, and sustain growth.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Maine Department of Education Seeking Proposals for Statewide Expansion of Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Programming

April 15, 2022

The State of Maine's Department of Education is seeking proposals from public education institutions and community-based organizations to adopt and/or expand Extended Learning Opportunities programs for youth ages 16-21 in Maine.

Read more on Department of Education website

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Governor Mills Announces New Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Strengthen Maine’s Healthcare Workforce

April 13, 2022

A new $21 million program, Healthcare Training for ME, expands availability of free and low-cost career training for health care workers and employers.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan – Webinar on April 12, 2022

April 1, 2022

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Team is hosting an informational webinar on April 12, 2022 at 9:00 to 10:00 AM that will highlight progress since the Jobs Plan went into effect in October 2021. The webinar will provide an overview of the many programs in the Jobs Plan, preview upcoming program opportunities, offer tips on how to stay informed about Jobs Plan news, and discuss some basic steps involved in doing business with the State.

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Governor Mills Announces Opening of $16 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grant Program to Support Seafood Dealers and Processors

March 31, 2022

Governor Janet Mills announced today the opening of a nearly $16 million grant program through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to help Maine’s wholesale seafood dealers and processors recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and invest in infrastructure improvements that will make their businesses more resilient to potential future market disruptions.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Maine Department of Labor Launches Peer Workforce Program to Connect Maine People to Jobs and Training

March 22, 2022

The two-year, $1 million, pilot program, an initiative of Governor Mills' Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, will work with a coalition of statewide organizations to connect more than 3,000 jobseekers to employment, training & other resources to bring them into the workforce.

Read more on Department of Labor website

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Maine Businesses Benefitting from Governor Mills’ Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grants

March 10, 2022

Governor visits two Maine businesses to hear how economic recovery grants are helping them recover from the pandemic and support their operations and employees.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Announces $6 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants to Support Maine’s Forest Industry

March 8, 2022

More than 80 percent of awards from Maine Technology Institute will support the economic recovery of small, rural forestry companies.

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Governor Mills personally presents Dinah Gagnon of Dinah’s Laundromat with a Maine Jobs & Recovery Grant Award

During Visit to Aroostook County, Governor Mills Presents Fort Kent Business with Maine Jobs & Recovery Grant Award; Tours Presque Isle Business

March 5, 2022

After joining Maine people in watching the Can-Am International Sled Dog Race, Governor Janet Mills personally presented a Fort Kent business owner with a Maine Jobs and Recovery Grant Award today and visited a Presque Isle business that also received an economic recovery grant from her Administration to support their redevelopment efforts.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Announce $375,000 Grants Through Working Communities Challenge to Strengthen Rural Maine

March 3, 2022

Governor Janet Mills and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston announced today that six Maine Working Communities Challenge teams have been selected to receive three-year, $375,000 grants to begin implementing proposals that address local economic problems, including poverty and lack of work opportunity.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Announces $5 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants to Support Small Businesses

March 3, 2022

Grants of up to $50,000 awarded by Maine Department of Economic and Community development will help small businesses with pandemic-related expenses.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

Governor Mills Announces $50 Million from Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to Expand Housing Opportunities for Maine People

January 26, 2022

Governor Janet Mills today announced a $50 million investment from her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to build more housing and help more Maine people families find a safe, affordable place to call home.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

Mills Administration Announces $12 Million to Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities

January 25, 2022

Funding from the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is available to help businesses expand apprenticeship programs, train workers, and strengthen Maine’s economy.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

Governor Mills Announces Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grants to 14 School Administrative Units to Expand Access to Pre-K Programs

January 24, 2022

Governor Janet Mills announced today that 14 school administrative units will receive a total of $2.7 million in grant funding from the Maine Department of Education to create or expand Pre-K programs this year.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

Mills Administration Launches New Workforce Development Pilot Program to Connect Maine People to Jobs

January 13, 2022

The two-year "peer workforce navigator" pilot program utilizes $1 million through the Governor's Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to connect jobseekers to training & other resources to bring them into the workforce.

Read more on Department of Labor website

Governor Mills Announces $3.5 Million in Lifeline Loans to Cover the Property Tax Bills of Older or Disabled Maine People

January 5, 2022

As increasing home values burden Maine people on fixed incomes, an initiative of the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan will help pay property tax bills for Maine seniors and those who are permanently disabled.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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To Mark One Year of Progress in Maine’s Climate Plan, Governor Mills Unveils New Initiatives to Empower Communities in the Fight Against Climate Change

December 1, 2021

Registrations of electric vehicles, availability of public EV chargers, and installations of high-efficiency heat pumps all hit record levels in Maine in 2021

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Launches $20 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Support Maine’s Forest Economy and Rural Communities

November 12, 2021

Milford, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills announced today that her Administration is launching the Forestry Recovery Initiative to support Maine’s forest products industry and the people it employs, create and sustain jobs in rural Maine, and strengthen the state’s economy.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

Luke Holden, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Luke’s Lobster; Briana Warner, CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms; Governor Mills; Annie Tselikis, Executive Director of the Maine Lobster Dealers Association; and Pat Keliher, DMR Commissioner.

Governor Mills Announces $10 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Initiative to Support and Strengthen Maine’s Seafood Industry

November 10, 2021

Governor Janet Mills today announced that her Administration is investing $10 million in federal funds through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to allow Maine seafood dealers and processors to upgrade their infrastructure.

Read more on Governor Mills' website

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Governor Mills Launches $20 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grant Program to Help Maine Farmers and Food Processors Grow & Sell Healthy, Local Foods

November 8, 2021

Governor Janet Mills announced today that her Administration is investing $20 million in federal funds through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to help Maine farmers and food processers upgrade aging infrastructure.

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Governor Mills Energy Efficiency and Workforce Announcement

Governor Mills Announces Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiatives to Cut Energy Costs for Maine Families, Reduce Carbon Emissions, and Strengthen Clean Energy Workforce

November 4, 2021

Governor Janet Mills today unveiled a slate of initiatives from her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to help Maine people weatherize their homes, reduce their reliance on harmful fossil fuels, and cut their energy costs.

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Governor Mills Announces Launch of Maine Jobs & Recovery Small Business Grant Program

November 3, 2021

Governor Janet Mills announced today that the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is now accepting applications for the Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program.

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Governor Mills Announces New Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiatives to Strengthen Maine’s Health Care Workforce In Face of COVID-19 Pandemic

October 25, 2021

Governor Janet Mills today unveiled a slate of initiatives from her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to encourage people to pursue health care jobs in Maine and strengthen the state’s health care workforce, including new programs that make it more affordable to become a health care professional and make it easier to advance in their careers once they do.

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Governor Mills Announces $139 Million in Investments to Support Small Businesses & Workers Through the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

October 18, 2021

Governor Janet Mills today announced the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan’s first investments in Maine people, small businesses, and workforce, including $20 million for a new small business grant program, $39 million to help lower monthly health insurance premiums, and $80 million to replenish the Maine Unemployment Trust fund and mitigate tax hikes for small businesses.

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Governor Mills Signs Legislation to Implement Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

July 19, 2021

Governor Mills signs legislation to implement Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, a transformational spending bill funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Governor Janet Mills introduces the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan on May 4, 2021, at the the TimberHP mill in Madison, Maine.

Governor Mills Unveils Transformative Plan to Spur Economic Recovery & Achieve Long-Term Economic Growth

May 4, 2021

Governor Janet Mills today unveiled the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, her Administration’s proposal to invest more than $1 billion in discretionary Federal relief funds allocated to Maine under the American Rescue Plan Act.

Read more on Governor Mills' website