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July 18, 2023

Four Maine workforce programs could get $6.5M in fed funding

Four workforce training programs in Maine could receive nearly $6.5 million in federal funding through the markup of the fiscal year 2024 financial services and general government appropriations bill.

The measure passed unanimously in the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be voted on by the full Senate.

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine

In total nationwide, the measure would provide close to $17 billion in discretionary funding, including $43 million in defense funding; close to $17 billion in non-defense funding; and $143 million for disaster relief.  

In her role as the committee's vice chair, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, advanced funding to the following Maine business support programs:

Island Institute: $1.477 million to provide financial education, income diversification training and business skill development for Maine lobstermen. 

Sunrise County Economic Council: $2.4 million to expand technical assistance, training and startup programs for small businesses in Washinton County. 

The University of Maine System: $2.4 million to create the Maine Enterprise Campus Corridor to support small businesses through research and workforce development. 

The University of Maine System: $2 million to construct a kelp and shellfish aquaculture demonstration farm to support the development of innovative technologies and practices.

"Supporting business development and training programs in Maine’s coastal communities is critical to ensuring our future workforce has the tools they need to succeed in new and growing fields like aquaculture and innovative technologies,” Collins said.  “As the vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate this funding as the appropriations process moves forward.”

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