The Maine Community Development Association (MCDA) would like to encourage you to join our organization. MCDA meets on a regular basis and provides training sessions at various times throughout the year on current community and economic development issues. In May 2013, we offered training sessions on the Regional Economic Forecast for the Greater Bangor area, proposed changes to the State’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) law, and funding opportunities for start-ups through the Maine Technology Institute (MTI). In October 2013, we held a training session on the expansion of natural gas in Maine at our annual luncheon meeting that is held concurrently yet independently with the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) conference in Augusta. There is no cost for attendance to these events for MCDA members.
MCDA monitors federal and state community development legislative changes such as CDBG and state bond issues that can positively impact your community. Members lobbied for retaining CDBG funding levels and supported the Community for Maine’s Future grant funding. Most importantly, we encourage you to become involved and network with your fellow community and economic development directors, planners and consultants. Working together, you will be in a position to better serve your communities.
Please come and support our work, network, and take advantage of the training opportunities we will be offering. If you can give more time and support, consider joining one of the sub-committees. If you have an idea for training or feel that MCDA should be taking a stronger position regarding state law or policy, feel free to discuss it at our next meeting, or contact one of the Board members or the appropriate committee chair.
Enclosed you will find a membership application. We also encourage you to visit our website at http://www.mainecda.org/ to review past annual reports and learn more about our Association. Please mail your completed new member application and check, made payable to MCDA, and mail to MCDA, 60 Community Dr., Augusta, ME 04330.
If you know of an individual who would benefit from our membership, please pass along the enclosed new member application.
In summary, we look forward to your participation and active involvement as we adapt to the new era of reduced state and federal funding and increased local and regional self-reliance. Thank you for your attention in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us (Darryl Sterling [email@example.com] or Stephen Dyer [firstname.lastname@example.org].
|Stephen Dyer, P.E.
Membership Chair, MCDA