ROCKLAND — The Midcoast Council of Governments (MCOG) invites residents to participate in its Strategic Plan 2022 Sessions to develop a 5-year planning-and-development strategy for the MCOG region, from Brunswick to Camden and the inland communities. The strategy will focus on economic development in the area. Participation in the first two phases of that process is essential to creating the foundation of that strategy.

The first phase of the process will consist of four subregional forums for the MCOG community, consisting of elected representatives and citizens, to review information and trends in the region, conduct a Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threats (SWAT) analysis, and set priorities for the critical issues of the area.

In the second phase, each regional forum will use the issues of phase one to develop initial action plans. Each issue will be described in terms of necessary actions, responsibility, timing, needed resources, and benchmarks for success. From this plan, MCOG will identify projects for the Comprehensive Economic Development plan (with Economic Development Administration funding), the new Housing Opportunity Program, the Community Resiliency Partnership, and other programs with funding streams.

The plan will be presented to the General Assembly for review and further development of a larger MCOG regional strategy to be used in talking to funders and legislators. MCOG’s Board of Directors will be responsible for its implementation.

The forums are scheduled for the following days at the following locations, all starting at 5:30 p.m.:

The schedule for MCOG’s upcoming forum.