Policy Advocacy

Creating systems-level change through state and federal policy advocacy

Advocating for Systemic Change

CEI’s policy work seeks to transform our experiences with individuals, businesses and communities into wider change that moves us toward a more equitable, just and environmentally sustainable economy.

Our team advocates within coalitions, often weighing in on and supporting bills that others propose; and sometimes engaging with partners and legislators to develop a bill that we will lead on. We prioritize issues and sectors where our lending experience and business expertise add value.


Support investment in Maine’s food system!

LD 2212, An Act to Strengthen Maine’s Agriculture, Food System and Forest Products Infrastructure Investment provides a unique opportunity to ensure a sustained funding source for the state’s critical and iconic agriculture, food and forest products businesses, enabling them to innovate and grow.

LD 2212 has been scheduled for a public hearing by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry next Wednesday, February 28th at 1:15PM.

To learn more about this bill and how you can support it via testimony, click below

Our policy advocacy is rooted in the day-to day work we do with small businesses owners, workers and homeowners.

We leverage our strong relationships in the community and sectoral expertise to advocate for positive change and investment in child care, our local food system, climate adaptation and increased financial stability for individuals with low-incomes.

We work to create broad bipartisan support for new initiatives in addition to ongoing efforts to expand equity in existing economic opportunity and community development programs.

We encourage our advising clients, investees and borrowers to engage in direct advocacy and offer resources to help navigate the legislative and administrative policy process.

Affordable Housing

Broadband Infrastructure Development

Child Care

Rural Communities in Economic Transition

Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation

Racial Equity, Tribal Sovereignty & Immigrant Rights

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Food Systems

Workforce Inclusion

Learn how engaging with local, State and Federal Government can benefit your small business.


National Advocacy
August 5, 2022

Comments On The “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) on Reforming the Community Reinvestment Act Regulatory Framework.”

CEI strongly supports the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which has been the driver of much-needed investment to communities with low to medium incomes over the past 40+ years. While the…

Maine State Advocacy

130th Maine State Legislature
FEBRUARY 15, 2022


Testimony to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary in support of LD 1626, An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement…

MARCH 15, 2022


Testimony to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in support of LD 2013, An Act Relating to Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Contamination in the State

MARCH 7, 2022


Testimony to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs in support of FY22 Supplemental General Fund Budget Providing Funding to Accommodate the Increased Costs Associated with Staff Support…

MARCH 7, 2022


Testimony to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing in support of LD 2003, An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine…

MARCH 1, 2022


Testimony to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in support of LD 856, An Act to Balance Renewable Energy Development with Natural and Working Lands Conservation

FEBRUARY 22, 2022


Testimony to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology in support of LD 1955, An Act To Facilitate Net Energy Billing