Events

MCA Connect the Ready Application Workshop

October 3, 2022 at 12:00pm1:30pm
Zoom Webinar

Is your municipality or broadband utility district seeking partnerships in its efforts to improve internet connectivity in your community or region? The Maine Connectivity Authority’s Connect the Ready grant program is a great resource to help communities looking to expand broadband service in unserved and underserved areas. Up to $20 million being awarded from applications submitted in early November.

Please join Preti Flaherty Municipal Broadband attorneys Kristin Collins and Cameron Ferrante, who will be joined by MCA's Director of Broadband Impact, Stephenie MacLagan, for an informative webinar on October 3 at 12 pm. They will provide practical advice on structuring a public-private partnership that will meet your community's needs, preparing a successful application, and meeting the Connect the Ready program requirements.

Topics Include

  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Assessing Project Scope and Readiness
  • Preparing an Application
  • Structuring Preliminary Agreements
  • Rallying Community Support in Time
  • Town Meetings and Straw Polls
  • Q&A of Program Guidelines
  • And More . . .

Firm Highlights

Publication

Municipal Update: Maine Legislature Acts to Clarify Sales of Tax-Acquired Properties

Early this week, in response to the  United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in  Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota  (598 U.S. (2023)) , the Maine Legislature passed emergency legislation establishing a new process for...

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Municipal Update: Effect of Recent Supreme Court Decision on Sale of Tax Foreclosed Properties

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in  Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota  (598 U.S. _____ (2023)). The Supreme Court held that Hennepin County had violated the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause by...

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Maine Municipal Legislative Update

The second regular session of the 131st Maine Legislature has been particularly impactful for Maine’s municipalities, with further shrinking of home rule authority, new and onerous procedures for property tax sales, and many other...

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Supreme Court Rules Certain Impact Fees Unconstitutional

A recent Supreme Court ruling in  Sheetz v. County of El Dorado  makes it clear that impact fees adopted by a legislative body may work as an unconstitutional taking of property. The Issue: This...

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Maine Legislature (Again) Changes Process for Selling Tax-Acquired Properties (LD 2262)

On April 16, 2024, the Governor signed LD 2262, “An Act to Amend the Process for the Sale of Foreclosed Properties Due to Nonpayment of Taxes.”  In June 2023, in response to the United...

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Maine Law Amended to Require More Details When Public Employees Disciplined

Governor Mills recently signed a bill amending the public disclosure requirements for public employees who have been disciplined. Although widely reported as applying to police misconduct, the law applies to all government employees. The...