Current News about CES

February 2021

 

Gift Store News - CES has successfully opened a gift store on July 17, 2020 that is stocked with Gift Store type items we purchase from international wholesalers.  In addition, we have products that are made by student entrepreneurs in the making.  We recently brought in Maine themed coasters, prints, and postcards.  New vendors and products are always rotating through our shop!  Come see us Wednesday through Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  If you have questions, please call the store at 207-779-1779.

Grants & Fundraising - Because January and February are typically slow times of the year, CES volunteers are working very hard to promote our work and obtain funding to advance us to the goal site!

 

Affordable Housing News - CES was awarded $20,000 from the LEAP Affordable Housing Challenge on Friday, February 12, 2021!  We intend to commence the build of mobile tiny homes that can be placed on foster sites until we obtain a parcel for a permanent tiny home community.  

Subcommittee News - CES has managed to identify many partners inside and outside of Franklin County.  We are working to broadcast website improvements through media that will allow people to sign up for volunteer subcommittees and/or work projects. 

Accomplishments to date -

 

  • CES rented a 1,500 sq. ft. gift store in March 2020 to fill a community need following the closure of Sugarwood Gallery and Calico Patch.  CES recognized this too would be a good avenue to get the word out about our goals.  Shortly thereafter Covid-19 shut down our work.  We did not retreat because we know how important this project is for our community.  CES successfully opened its gift store and site at 156 Main St., Farmington, ME. once Covid-19 restrictions were lifted on July 17, 2020.

  • Over 4 months, CES worked with a total of thirty-five (35) people in business development sheerly through word of mouth.

  • CES is the FIRST worksite in Franklin County to work with Community Concepts utilizing WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Funding through the Department of Labor, which is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

  • CES has successfully secured Board Members and sub-committee members for a truly collaborative community project.  

  • CES has successfully identified and met with multiple governments, public, and private business organizations, and individuals who wish to contribute to the development of the site.

  • CES is working with youth, Mt. Blue alumni, University of Maine, Farmington, Senators, Representatives, Legislators, a Finance Strategist, and business professionals on a marketing/crowdfunding campaign (or movement) for support to fulfill our mission.

  • Established multiple partnerships in the belief of our concept.