The Agricultural Task Force is an ad hoc group of over 25 service providers, producers, community members and others interested in supporting local agriculture in Franklin County. The Task Force was launched in 2008 at a meeting organized by the Maine Farmland Trust. The Task Force meets several times a year to identify annual priorities and update its members on relevant projects happening in the region.
In 2009, the Task Force published “The Changing Face of Agriculture in Franklin County.” Also in 2009, the Task Force organized a statewide conference on financing for farms and hosted a bus tour of farm businesses. This group was instrumental in launching the agricultural technology program in Mt. Blue Regional School District in 2010 and has supported the Farmington Grange’s efforts to renovate its building and install a shared use kitchen.
This fall, the Task Force is working with a UMF student intern to conduct an inventory of storage, processing and distribution capacity in western Maine. The results of the study will inform their priorities going forward.
For more information, contact Western Mountains Alliance at (207) 778.3885 or visit them at www.westernmountainsalliance.org
Franklin County Community College Network is a networked approach to higher education and training that's both affordable and accessible. Businesses and nonprofit organizations collaborate to help bring classes and courses to Franklin County that meet the needs of both residents and businesses.
The Network works with the Maine Community College system to bring community college courses to greater Franklin County. Students interested in earning a degree can take some courses locally, earning credits directly from the Maine Community College system towards a degree from Central Maine Community College. The Network also works with local businesses to determine what types of training are needed and organizes specialized training sessions in Franklin County and Livermore Falls. This ensures that businesses can find what they are looking for in the local workforce.
With multiple sites offering classes and with a variety of course offerings, accessing higher education opportunities through the Community College System in Franklin County is now a reality!
The Franklin County Tourism Network aims to establish Franklin County as a visitor destination. With numerous opportunities no matter what the season, Franklin County offers reasons for both visitors and businesses to build a relationship with the county. The Tourism Network works to increase business revenue for both businesses and nonprofits, as well as encourage business development and growth.
The Network of Networks is an association of committed people with a new way of doing business. The group formed a network with the intention of creating a “brand” for Franklin County. This brand will give the county an identity that can attract new visitors and businesses and give the county a personality that differentiates it from other destinations around the world.
Members of the network come from the University of Maine at Farmington, Franklin Community Health Network, Bangor Savings Bank, Franklin Savings Bank, the Greater Franklin Development Corporation, Western Mountains Alliance, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Rangeley Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Blue Regional School District, and many towns. Interested citizens and business leaders have also participated.
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Franklin Community Health Network is an integrated network of rural healthcare providers. Created in 1991 by Franklin Memorial Hospital, FCHN focuses on achieving the highest level of health for the community. Nestled in the heart of Franklin County, Franklin Memorial Hospital is providing the highest quality of care to those in Farmington and the surrounding towns. Offering state-of-the-art technology, FMH prides itself on being one of the lowest cost hospitals in Maine.
In 2008, the hospital opened the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center, a new $10 million medical office building. This 58,000 square foot building houses Franklin Health pediatrics, women's care, orthopedics, general surgery, and urology medical practices, as well as the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center. The new building will allow physicians to better accommodate the growing number of patients looking for care at these practices.