Throughout its 40+ year history, CEI has devoted time and energy to advancing state and federal policies that expand resources for rural communities, natural resource-based industries, business ownership, workforce development, and the expansion of clean energy.
In the mid-1980s, CEI joined forces with colleagues from Community Development Corporations (CDCs) to advocate for federal programs important to community economic development. This coalition is responsible for legislative initiatives and bipartisan support resulting in over $2 billion in federal allocations for the CDC/CDFI field. Maine’s congressional delegation is united in supporting and sponsoring community development legislative initiatives, including economic assistance for women entrepreneurs.
CEI works with legislators, community organizations and other stakeholders to create broader government support for new initiatives and demonstration programs in addition to ongoing efforts to boost economic and community development.
On the state level, CEI advocates for resources that benefit populations left out of the mainstream, or struggling in our economy.
Research, PRactice and policy positions
CEI undertakes research to inform advocacy and policy development. Recent examples include:
- CEI’s Policy Priorities for 2019-2020
- Voices from the Field: Conversations About Quality Jobs with Washington County Employers, March 2018
- Impact Investing and Community Development, June 2016
- Building Maine’s Economy: How Maine Can Embrace Immigrants and Strengthen the Workforce, March 2016.
CEI also assesses the impact of its work to inform funders, policy makers, and coalition partners. Examples include: