Does your Lincoln County business need to expand?
Lincoln County Economic Development Office
Are you a municipal official looking for grants for public facilities or infrastructure?
What non-profits are active in the area—is there potential to collaborate?
As a business, are there training and education opportunities for your employees?
) welcomes you. Our goals are to expand employment opportunities, increase incomes, and continue to make Lincoln County a fantastic place to live and work. Our office, funded by Lincoln County and hosted by Coastal Enterprises Inc., can guide you to funding resources, help you develop a community project, and offer assistance through the many steps of grant writing and administration.
For town officials and staff, we provide up-to-date information on public funding through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and the federal Economic Development Administration, for example.
For start-up and existing businesses, we can direct you to valuable business planning, workforce training programs, and financing alternatives.
For non-profits – in the arts, culture, local food and farms, tourism, social services, and other fields – our office can recommend appropriate funding resources, offer organizational development guidance, and share ideas to connect you with other groups.
Think of us as a single point of contact and a clearinghouse – we’ll provide information and direction, link you with state and federal agencies and private sector resources, and assist your town, business, or community organization in growing. Email Mary Ellen Barnes
, LCEDO’s Director, or call 207-882-7552, ext. 5188.
LCEDO is also growing! In spring 2010, the County and our municipalities joined together to establish the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission. The County’s Economic Development Office and County Planner staff and activities will merge into the RPC, and member towns and the County will be represented on the new board. We’ll be preparing budgets and work plans for 2011, submitting critical grant applications, and advocating for Lincoln County towns with the state and federal government. The goals of this office – and LCEDO’s activities – will remain much the same, but the combined voices and experiences will bring greater attention to our economic and community issues and accomplishments.