This is the story of Franklin County, Maine, a rural community crippled by poverty and too few economic opportunities. It’s a story with two stars: 1) local leaders who rally together to bring college courses and job training to the area; and 2) residents who step out of their comfort zone to grow new skills and careers. Spoiler alert: The county’s transformation is ongoing. But the final chapter of this report? It’s a hopeful — and happy — ending. 

March 1, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    About the Rural Family Economic Success framework.

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    Challenges facing Residents in Maine’s Franklin County.

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    Strategies that support easy access to college classes.

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    Stories of residents who are taking classes and building skills.

Key Takeaway

Introducing western Maine, where the moose are plenty and the economic opportunities few

Maine’s Franklin County, located 90 miles north of Portland, is a hard-hit, resource-rich rural area that’s home to nearly 29,500 residents. It has one of the state’s highest unemployment rates and lowest median household income levels. 

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