Each year at its annual Showcase Maine event, FAME recognizes individuals and organizations who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to advancing Maine’s economy and quality higher education. Through their efforts, these individuals and organizations help make Maine a better place in which to live, learn and work.
2023 At Work for Maine Awards
Maine School Counselors
Education at Work for Maine Award
Maine’s School Counselors were recognized for their unwavering commitment to and extraordinary support of Maine students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond; for building their confidence, helping them achieve their goals, and contributing
to their successes in both the classroom and in life. The award was presented to the Maine Counseling Association and the Maine School Counselor Association.
Maine students from across the state explain the important role school counselors play in their lives.
Business at Work for Maine Award
Springworks Farm was honored this year for their efforts to start and expand a unique aquaponics organic lettuce farm to produce a sustainable year-round food source, thereby creating jobs and benefitting Maine’s economy. FAME commercial loan insurance, in partnership with a loan by Farm Credit East, helped to finance the construction by Springworks of an additional greenhouse at its Lisbon farm and to provide working capital. The company also benefitted from a Thrive Maine (Round 2) award.
Founder and president of Springworks Farm, Trevor Kenkel talks about the farm’s operations, goals, and plans for continued growth.
Camden National Bank
Lender at Work for Maine Award: Over $1.5 Billion in Assets
Camden National Bank was honored for the thirteenth time in the category of lenders with assets at or above $1.5 billion. Over the past year, Camden National Bank partnered with FAME on 59 loans totaling approximately $23 million. This helped to create 100 Maine jobs and retain an additional 386 jobs. In addition to being a top partner in stimulating economic development in Maine, Camden National Bank is actively committed to the communities in which it operates. Founded in 1875, the bank encourages employee volunteerism and makes donations to local nonprofits.
Evergreen Credit Union
Lender at Work for Maine Award: Up to $1.5 Billion in Assets
Evergreen Credit Union was recognized for the second year in a row in the category for lenders with assets less than $1.5 billion. Over the past year, FAME partnered with Evergreen Credit Union on 24 loans totaling approximately $8.5 million. This helped to create 43 Maine jobs and retain an additional 205 jobs. Like FAME and Camden National Bank, Evergreen has been named this year as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine. They are one of the largest credit unions in Maine, with $508 million in assets as of March 2023. Evergreen proudly serves individuals, families, and local businesses throughout southern Maine. They strive to benefit their neighbors and organizations by donating time and resources as well.
First National Bank
Lender at Work for Maine Award: Most Enhanced Partnership
First National Bank was honored this year for having greatly increased its partnership with FAME on various financing projects. This past year, FAME partnered with First National Bank (FNB) on 15 loans to Maine companies totaling approximately $9.3 million. This helped to create 54 Maine jobs and retain an additional 115 jobs. First National Bank invites customers to become part of their Dream First Community. Members who open a Spark, #E-Chieve, or Inspire checking account are automatically enrolled in the Bank Local, Buy Local, Give Local Dream First Community program. By doing so, members can support local businesses while helping tackle food insecurity here in Maine. Also, when members shop locally with their First National Bank VISA® Debit Card, FNB donates money to local food banks.