Programs & Initiatives
Family Futures Downeast (FFD) is a one-year program that creates access to post-secondary and employment opportunities for parents with young children in Washington County, Maine. FFD was designed using a two-generational approach that combines post-secondary education and workforce development with high-quality early education for FFD children. The program utilizes services and supports required for the participants to succeed, including transportation and technology resources, a personally relevant and stimulating curriculum with access to appropriate educational remediation, and strong emotional, social, and career pathway supports. These strategies significantly increase the number of low-income parents who can enroll in college in Washington County and who leverage education as a pathway to self-sufficiency.
Partners are: Community Caring Collaborative, Machias CareerCenter, University of Maine at Machias, Washington County Community College, Child and Family Opportunities Inc, Axiom Education & Training Center
The Sunrise Food Infrastructure Initiative is a broad effort by SCEC to help grow the local food economy of Washington County. Initially funded by grants from the Broad Reach Fund, the Maine Community Foundation and Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, the initiative uses resources from private foundations, individuals and the government to help farms and other local food businesses thrive, create jobs, and provide healthy, delicious food.
The Downeast Fisheries Partnership has come together to restore the connection between our marine and freshwater ecosystems. With the goal of sustaining fishing communities in the Downeast forever, the Downeast Fisheries Partnership (DFP) is rebuilding fisheries and the communities which rely on them through a coordinated effort of nonprofits, businesses and government. Recognizing the ecological interdependence of coastal waters, estuaries, rivers, and watersheds, the DFP helps to generate long term, responsible and effective local fisheries management.
Partners are:Penobscot East Resource Center, Manomet, The College of the Atlantic, the Downeast Salmon Federation, the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research & Education, Maine Farmland Trust, Washington County Council of Governments and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust
The Downeast Sustainability Project is involved planning for the restoration of commercial river herring fisheries in the Orange River and the main stem of the East Machias River.
Employer’s Initiative Program
The Employer’s Initiative Program is strengthen businesses through enhancing the skills and knowledge of the workforce. Working in AOS 96 (Machias Bay Area)
Partners are: Northern Maine Development Corporation (NMDC), Northern Forest Center, Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, Community Concepts (Oxford County), Somerset Economic Development Corporation, and Greater Franklin Development Corporation.
Thermal Efficiency Eastport
The Thermal Efficiency Eastport project leverages USDA RD Section 504 and Efficiency Maine funding to conduct energy audits and make improvements to building envelopes and heating systems in homes owned by low-income elderly Eastport residents.
Cutler Base Project
The Cutler Base Project is exploring the possibility of assisting the Washington County Development Authority (WCDA) with redevelopment of the former Cutler Navy Base.
Partners are: Washington County Development Authority (WCDA)
The Downeast Fisheries Trail consists of 45 locations in Hancock and Washington counties that showcase active and historic fisheries, such as fish hatcheries, aquaculture facilities, harbors, clam flats, processing plants, historical societies, community centers, and other related places. The Trail is an effort to raise awareness among residents and visitors of the importance of the region’s maritime heritage and the impact of commercial fishing on the area’s economy. The Trail builds on local resources to strengthen community life and the experience of visitors.
The original Downeast Fisheries Trail was created in 2000 (sites from Milbridge to Eastport) and, along with new sites in Washington County, was expanded into Hancock County in 2012.