County government is Maine's oldest form of government, predating statehood and even the Declaration of Independence. The county is the only form of regional government whose officials are directly elected by the voters. Click here to read more about County Government and its many functions. Click here to check out the 2015 Directory of Maine Counties, listing officials and contacts for each county. Some very useful links are available here for more information about individual counties, some related national organizations, and the state government.
Applications are now being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards. Offered by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is the nation’s premier award for the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON APRIL 15, 2016. Please click here for applications or for more information.
The purpose of the Counties Connect
America campaign is for presidential candidates to have counties on their radar, and for county officials and state associations to have tools to interact with the candidates. Please click here to view print or save the brochure.
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Penobscot County will be hosting
The 2016 Convention of Maine Counties
at the Hilton Garden Inn Bangor on
September 30th, October 1st & 2nd.
Please don't try to book your rooms yet!
The Convention Planning Committee is working on all the details. More information will be posted when it becomes available.
Author Steven Kassels was the guest speaker at the October MCCA Board of Directors' meeting. Reading excerpts from his book, "Addiction on Trial", and explaining statistics, societal discrimination and biases toward drug addicts, Dr. Kassels shed light about this chronic illness that crosses age, gender, socio-economic, racial and religious boundaries. This book is a must read, written as a spellbinding story to educate readers about the downward path of destruction caused by the disease using characters we can all understand, relate to, and sympathize with.
Do you know? There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People behind bars than there are in State Hospitals. Click below if you'd like to read more of this article from Mother Jones.
The Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)
program provides payments to counties
and other local governments to offset
losses in tax revenues due to the
presence of tax-exempt federal land
in their jurisdictions. GOOD NEWS!
PILT funding has been extended for
one year as a fully funded mandatory entitlement program.
Academic Programs of Interest to
County and Municipal Employees
The Division of Lifelong Learning at the University of Maine offers a wide range
of degree programs, certificates, and courses for working people including the
bachelor’s degree in University Studies, an adult degree completion program, and
the master’s degree in Interdisciplinary
Studies with concentrations in Maine
Studies and Peace and Reconciliation Studies as well as certificates and minors
in Labor Studies, Maine Studies, and Peace and Reconciliation Studies. Many of
these courses can be taken entirely on-line or with a limited number of meetings
on campus. Click below for more info.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has a presence in all Maine counties Each office receives county government funds for their educational programs and operations. Please click here for more information about services available in your county.
On June 25, 2014, the Senate passed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) with a 95-3 vote. H.R. 803 (as amended) represents a bipartisan, bicameral compromise between the SKILLS Act, (H.R. 803), and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356), which was passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in July 2013. This bill will consolidate job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) into a single funding stream. It will also amend the Wagner-Peyser Act, reauthorize adult-education programs, and the programs under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The various job programs are being authorized for six years with a requirement that they record and report on how many people get new jobs through their participation in the programs. The Obama administrationis now seeking public comment on proposed rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, announced in a news release on April 16, 2015,