FRIENDS OF MIDCOAST MAINE

Rating: 4.8 stars   5 reviews

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Location: 5 Free Street Camden ME 04843 USA

Mission: To preserve the Mid-Coast regions quality of life, the social and economic vitality, the small-town character and the historic assets of the midcoast by promoting a regional smart growth approach to land-use and transportation planning, decision-making and resource management.
Target demographics: build strong communities through public engagement and smart growth tools
Direct beneficiaries per year: dozens of communities in the midcoast.
Geographic areas served: midcoast Maine
Programs: City, town & regional planning, facilitating meetings & workshops, conducting visioning sessions, providing place-making & walkability audits and enhancing public engagement.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Having worked in economic development and with many downtown business groups over the years, I can honestly say that the content and context of the educational programs that Friends of Midcoast Maine brings to the table is significant. The quality of speakers, the superb organizational skills of FMM leadership, and impact of their continued community consciousness messages is beyond anything I've seen in twenty-plus years in the field.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create more powerful, sustained programs to keep our communities intact, strong and resistant to destructive growth patterns.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with this organization since 2003. In that time I have watched them grow and evolve to meet the needs of Maine's midcaost communities. Like many non-profits they have struggled through tough economic times, but FMM has been fortunate to emerge a stronger organization! One area in particular that distinguishes the work of FMM, is their focus on bringing community members to the table and effectively engaging them in the discussion. This ability to build community through the process will become even more critical as we face the many challenges ahead in our effort to build sustainable communities and preserve our quality of place.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing community members to the table to effectively lend their voices to the planning process.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the expertise, dedication and passion of the staff!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

FMM is a unique resource to the small communitites along the midcoast of Maine. It is a technically-skilled and objective organization that is bridging the need for combining the technical components of community planning with the social/political decision-making components of managing change. Addressing this mix is critical to successful community consensus building and maintaining a positive local atmosphere.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how the staff has focused on building a healthy sustainable community consensus, rather than just getting through a decision or plan.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the responsiveness and flexibility of the board and staff. They are contstantly evaluating the needs of our local communitites and strive to provide services that the communitites want to use.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My town and the surrounding community have been the focus of the Orton grant mentioned in another review. The process is meant to help the entire community determine our future growth. Friends of Midcoast Maine has placed their Director here in town 2 days per week (plus many other times as needed.) She has helped teach & guide all of us through a lengthy, difficult and innovative process. Through all of this she has done a great deal of the

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... the surprisingly successful development of opinion & fact gathering methods.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

... we had learned to access them even sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The Orton Family Foundation has been partnering with Friends of Midcoast Maine on a community based project since Autumn 2008. I have found the organization to be a thoughtful, reliable and committed partner. Its staff has a strong knowledge base in planning and a demonstrated willingness to apply cutting edge tools and techniques to improve a community's planning process.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it is a collaborative, honest and open partner and is 100% to its work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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