We will be meeting on October 14th, 2021, from 8:30AM - 10:00AM to review potential projects to be included in our CEDS plan! These projects can focus on community, economy, business, education, infrastructure, and more. Including a project in the CEDS plan can be useful in both acquiring funding as well as framing each project in a regional context. A good candidate for inclusion: leverages existing assets and resources; it can be self-sustaining; it has political and public support; it addresses a need outlined in the CEDS plan; and, it incorporates federal investment priorities.
If you are interested in sharing your projects, developing a project, or workshopping ideas, we'd love to have you participate!
Committee Assessment and SWOT - Here we explore the results of a survey presented to the CEDS Committee and other team members. We develop a group vision statement and explore the broader purpose of our efforts. Finally, we work through our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. You can view those slides here: 06-17-2021_SWOT_-_Revised.pdf.
Understanding CEDS - In this meeting we cover the intended purpose of a CEDS plan, required elements, the planning process, and applications to economic and community development. We also review our prior CEDS plan and assess progress on those stated goals. You can view those slides here: 05-18-2021_CEDS_Meeting_1.pdf.
Strategies in Smart Growth - This session was convened in collaboration with Nancy Smith of GrowSmart Maine. We define "Smart Growth" and discuss how it can create stronger, more resilient communities. You can view those slides here: CEDS_2.16.2021_Presentation_FINAL.pdf.
Solar Energy in Maine - Here we discuss the impacts of solar energy production on the Kennebec Valley region. We are joined by Sophie Janeway of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the City of Belfast, Ben Axelman of Nexamp, Mark Bergeron of TRC Companies, Inc., and by Maine Audubon. You can view those slides here: SOLAR_KVCOG_JAN_20_2020_FINAL.pdf.