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AUGUSTA — At its monthly meeting on January 20, 2022, the board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) approved additional financing to Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC (Arctaris), the owner/operator of the Saddleback Ski Resort in Rangeley. FAME approved 50% pro rata commercial loan insurance on $5.5 million in financing (or $2.75 million) […]

FAME Honors Maine Businesses, Educators, and Lenders

Annual “At Work” Awards Bestowed Virtually Although FAME did not host its annual Showcase Maine event in person this year, it bestowed the annual “At Work for Maine” awards virtually. FAME presented the awards to business, lending, and higher education partners in order to recognize their meaningful contributions to the state. Video profiles of each […]

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Request for Proposal – Public Accountant Firm to Audit FAME Financial Statements

The Finance Authority of Maine (the Authority) is requesting proposals from firms of public accountants to audit its financial statements for six fiscal years beginning July 1, 2021.  The audits are to be performed for the purpose of rendering an auditor’s opinion on the fairness of the financial position presented in the Authority’s financial statements as of the audit dates, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Request for Proposal – Digital Lending Portal

The Finance Authority of Maine is seeking proposals for a digital lending portal for the State of Maine that will help bring together program information, loan content management and support for secondary funding allocation for American Rescue Plan Act financing. The patchwork of organizations challenged to meet the financing needs of Maine’s business community have numerous business assistance programs. The plethora of programs also represent a point of frustration for business customers looking for the capital they need to grow or preserve businesses. Customers have repeatedly spoken about the difficulty of finding the best program/partner and the excessive time to funding and lack of collaboration in sharing of information among these alternative lenders. The purpose of this project is to provide a digital lending portal for the State of Maine (MeLendPort) that will help improve these disparate systems.

Over 28,000 Maine Public Elementary Students to Receive Free Books from FAME to Help Build Financial Skills for Life

In recognition of October as Financial Planning Month and to strengthen financial capability in Maine, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has once again partnered with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to offer Invest in ME Reads, a program to support family financial education by empowering families to engage in conversations about future goals, saving money, and the value of choice.

FAME Doubles Commercial Loan Insurance Online Answer Limit

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) recently doubled the limit on applying for commercial loan insurance through the online answer (OLA) process. The online answer process allows a lender to apply and receive an immediate answer. The limit was previously up to $750,000 for commercial loan insurance.  The new limit allows lenders to easily and quickly submit applications for commercial loan insurance up to $1.5 million.

Increased Maine State Grant Funding Still Available for this Academic Year

Good news on three fronts for Maine students planning to attend college this fall: Maine State Grant funds remain available and awards have been increased! Also, for students who missed the Maine State Grant filing deadline of May 1, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has extended the deadline for this academic year.

FAME Approves Financing for MedRhythms, Inc. and Vertical Harvest, L3C

At their July 15, 2021 meeting, the board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) approved state new markets tax credit financing to benefit MedRhythms, Inc., a digital therapeutics company located in Portland. The board also approved bond financing for Vertical Harvest, L3C, a company planning to operate a vertical hydroponic greenhouse in Westbrook.

FAME Extends Deadline for Maine State Grant Eligibility

Good news for students who missed the 2021-2022 Maine State Grant filing deadline of May 1: the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has extended the deadline for this academic year only. Students should immediately file the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply, however, as grant funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

FAME Promotes April as Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month is in full swing at FAME. Throughout the month of April, FAME’s College Access and Financial Education Team will be offering a variety of virtual workshops intended to promote the importance of lifelong financial wellness.

FAME Approves Additional Financing for GO Lab, Inc.

The FAME Board has approved $85 million in bond financing to help finance GO Lab, Inc., a start-up company at the former Madison paper mill in Somerset County. The project is expected to create approximately 114 well-paying jobs in Somerset County.

FAME CEO Bruce Wagner Announces Retirement

FAME Chief Executive Officer Bruce Wagner recently announced his intention to retire on February 5, 2021. He will be replaced on an interim basis by FAME’s Chief Risk Officer, Carlos Mello.

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