News & Updates
Governor Mills Announces $5.6 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grants to Support Maine Entrepreneurs and Startups
January 10, 2023
Second round of Pandemic Recovery for an Innovative Maine Economy (PRIME) Fund focused on supports that help startup companies scale and grow
January 5, 2023
As part of the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan, Governor Mills allocated $10 million of the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds appropriated for Maine for public pre-k infrastructure to increase the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in public pre-k across the state
Maine Connectivity Authority Announces $1M to help Jumpstart Connectivity in Hardest-to-Reach Communities
December 19, 2022
These projects will provide accelerated low-cost internet access to some of the least served areas of the state by trialing the deployment of various innovative wireless technologies
Governor Mills Announces $2.25 Million Investment to Strengthen Health Care Workforce in Rural Communities
December 13, 2022
Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan initiative – matched with other Federal funding – will expand training and career opportunities for doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals
Governor Mills Announces $14 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants Awarded to Maine Forestry Companies
December 9, 2022
Second Round of Forestry Recovery Initiative Builds upon $6 Million Already Awarded
Maine Connectivity Authority Announces $4 Million of Awards to 26 Communities, Regional and Tribal Groups
December 6, 2022
Competitive grant awards will provide technical assistance and organizational capacity
December 1, 2022
Record Clean Energy Investments Achieved Since State’s Climate Action Plan, Maine Won’t Wait, Was Released in 2020
November 17, 2022
Strategic investments by Governor Mills will reduce unemployment taxes in 2023
November 2, 2022
The grant program supports local and regional pilot projects that connect workers to employers through ridesharing, vanpools, and other transit options
Mills Administration Announces $20 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Investment To Rebuild State Fish Hatcheries
November 2, 2022
The two hatcheries produce over 70 percent of Maines landlocked salmon and over 40 percent of the states brown trout that are stocked each year
Maine DOE Adult Education Team Awards $3.2 Million in Strengthening Maine’s Workforce Education and Training Grants
October 27, 2022
The Maine Department of Education’s Adult Education Team has funded 8 Strengthening Maine Workforce projects
Governor Mills announces $25 million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan program to offer paid work experiences to Maine students
October 20, 2022
Career Exploration program to connect 6,000 young people with paid opportunities at Maine employers to strengthen Maine’s workforce
Governor Mills Announces $5 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Program to Strengthen Maine Startup Companies
October 19, 2022
Governor Janet Mills announced the opening of a $5 million grant program through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan today to strengthen Maine entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses
Governor Mills Announces $7 Million in Energy Relief Delivered to Thousands of Maine Small Businesses
October 18, 2022
More than 2,900 Maine small businesses to receive a one-time utility account credit funded through the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to offset energy costs
During Visit to Bucksport, Governor Mills Tours Seafood Businesses Benefitting from Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan
October 14, 2022
During a visit to Bucksport today, Governor Janet Mills visited two local seafood processing businesses who received grants awarded through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to upgrade their infrastructure
Mills Administration Announces $3.5 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grants to Strengthen Key Employment Pipelines
October 3, 2022
Six Organizations to Receive "Industry Partnership" Awards
September 30, 2022
Finance Authority of Maine Accepting Applications October 4 Through December 3
Governor Mills Announces $5.1 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Support Family Caregivers
September 28, 2022
New “Respite for ME” pilot program provides $2,000 grants to Maine people caring for a loved one with dementia or a disability
Governor Mills Announces $14 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants to Support Maine’s Forest Products Industry
September 19, 2022
Second Round of Grants Build on $6 Million Already Awarded
Governor Mills Highlights $20 Million in Health Insurance Savings for Maine Small Businesses & Employees
September 8, 2022
Governor Janet Mills today highlighted savings that Maine small businesses and their employees are receiving through her Small Business Health Insurance Premium Relief Program
Governor Mills, Efficiency Maine Announce Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Cut Energy Costs in Public Buildings, Save Taxpayer Dollars
August 30, 2022
Governor Janet Mills and Efficiency Maine today announced the availability of $4 million from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to help small communities cut energy costs in public buildings and save taxpayer dollars by improving energy efficiency
August 25, 2022
Governor Janet Mills visited Popham Beach State Park today to survey a new upgrade that improves accessibility to the beach for people with disabilities
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 22, 2022
New program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine will provide $58 million in forgivable loans to Maine small businesses
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Governor Mills Celebrates Grand Opening of The Good Crust in Canaan, Promotes Maine Jobs Plan Investments to Strengthen Agricultural Businesses in Rural Maine
May 28, 2022
The Mills Administration awarded The Good Crust a nearly $7,000 grant to help the business through the pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan: Opportunities for School Districts, CTEs, and Adult Education – Webinar on May 3, 2022
April 27, 2022Join 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.
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.
April 22, 2022Join 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.
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.
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.
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.
April 1, 2022The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At University of Maine Farmington, Governor Mills Highlights Investments to Expand Child Care in Maine, Increase Pay for Child Care Workers
February 16, 2022
UMF to utilize $1 million through Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to expand child care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 15, 2021
Maine Connectivity Authority Grants Support Expansion of Reliable, High-Speed Internet in 31 Communities
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 19, 2021
Governor Mills signs legislation to implement Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, a transformational spending bill funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.
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.