Municipal Economic Development Resources


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Each year Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission receives funds from the Maine Office of Community Development to provide technical assistance regarding the CDBG Program to communities in York and southern Oxford counties. SMRPC staff members are available to proved basic technical assistance, identification of eligible projects and activities and to review application drafts.

Each year the State of Maine receives funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and makes the funds available to communities through a number of grant programs. Broadly speaking, funds are available for Public Infrastructure and Facilities, Housing, Community Planning, Public Service and Economic Development.


Southern Maine Economic Development District (SMEDD)

Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission partners with the Greater Portland Council of Governments to administer and operate the Southern Maine Economic Development District (SMEDD). This organization is federally recognized by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as the Economic Development District for York and Cumberland Counties. SMEDD is responsible for overall economic development planning, technical assistance regarding grants from EDA, and the implementation of special projects to improve and stabilize the economy of the region. In addition, SMEDD has two revolving loan funds that are available to businesses located in York and Cumberland County.



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