On December 10, 2014, CEI released its new policy directions for Maine. Take a look: CEI’s 2015 Policy Directions for Maine
Engagement in federal and state policy is is a key strategy for CEI to achieve greater social impact than what it could do as a single development organization. Over the years, CEI has devoted increasing amounts of time and resources to appropriations policies that can retain, restore and expand resources for the community development industry.
In the mid-1980s, CEI joined with peers to advocate for federal programs important to community development. This coalition, led by Rapoza Associates of Washington, DC, has been responsible for legislative initiatives and continuation of funding amounting to well over $2 billion for the CDC/CDFI field. Maine has been fortunate to have important leaders in Congress, who have united on many community development legislative initiatives that we have advanced, including economic assistance for women entrepreneurs.
CEI works with legislators, peer organizations and other stakeholders to develop broader government support for model programs that we have pioneered, new initiatives and demonstration programs, and ongoing programs that support the economic and community development field as a whole. It also works with other interests in coalitions on regulatory issues that create a conducive policy environment for its work.
On the state level, CEI has regularly advocated for resources to support its work.
In the last several years, CEI has become more involved in regulatory policy, particularly concerning predatory lending and consumer credit issues at the state level.
Research informs CEI’s practice and policy positions
Often CEI undertakes research as a first step to inform a policy direction and strategy as well as to guide its practice. This may be a synthesis of existing information, or new research undertaken inhouse or through an external contractor. CEI often works with government agencies to do the research. Click for examples of past reports and studies:
- Impact Investing and Community Development, June 2016
- Building Maine’s Economy: How Maine Can Embrace Immigrants and Strengthen the Workforce, March 2016.
- Environmental Industries in Maine: Opportunities for Development and Policy Support, June 1994.
- Sustainable Development in Practice: A Case Study Analysis of Coastal Enterprises, Inc., 1997.
- Beyond Waste: Navigating Fisheries Byproducts in the Northeast, 2000.
- Preserving Commercial Fishing Access: A Study of Working Waterfronts in 25 Maine Communities, December, 2002.
- Tracking Commercial Fishing Access: A Survey of Harbor Masters in 25 Maine Coastal Communities, September, 2004.
- Predatory Mortgages in Maine: Recent Trends and the Persistence of Abusive Lending in the Subprime Mortgage Market , February, 2006.
- The Role of CDFIs in Addressing the Subprime Mortgage Market: A Case Analysis of New England
- James Stevens. 2006. Green Works: Business Guide to Best Environmental Practices in Maine
- Jo Josephon, ed. 2006 Telling Their Stories: Women Business Owners in Western Maine
- The Future of the Rockland Fish Pier: A Feasibility Study Report Prepared by Coastal Enterprises and Stafford Associates for Maine State Planning Office Coastal Program. Maine State Planning Office.
- Linda Wilcox. 1991. Hard Choices: Work and Child Care in Wetern Maine: A study of Family Day Care in Rural Communities, CEI.
- Michael L. Weber &1 Suzanne Iudicello. 2005. Obstacles & Opportunities for Community-Based Fisheries Management in the United States, CEI.
- Mary Collins. 1990. Portraits of Child Care: An Examination of Availability, Quality and Cost., The Child and Family Institute, Division of Human Resources, University of Southern Maine.
- Marjorie Lupien and Thomas Dowling. 1980. Sheep: Food & Fiber: Planning report of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Sheep Development Project, CEI.
- Cristian Carter and Thomas Dowling. 1980. The U.S. Broiler Boom: New Pressures and New Possibilities for Maine’s Contract Poultry Growers. Final Report of the Poultry Planning Project, CEI.
- Richard Clime and Douglas Hamill. 1979. Growing Oysters and Mussels in Maine, CEI.
CEI has also done research and writing on measuring the impact of its work to provide feedback to funders, policy makers, and its staff and board to inform future program and policy development. These studies include:
- Low-Income Longitudinal Study
- Evaluation of the Farms to the Future Program
- Measuring Impact in Practice: Reflections and Recommendations from Coastal Enterprises, Inc.’s Experience
- Assessing the Systemic Impacts of Community Development Loan Funds, 2008.
- Charles S. Colgan. 2004. The Contribution of Working Waterfronts to the Maine Economy Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.
- Josephine, LaPlante. 1995. Evaluating Social and Economic Effects of Small Business Development Assistance, Edmund S. Muskie Institute of Public Affairs, Unviersity of Southern Maine.