News & Updates

The Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce works closely with cities, towns, and government entities within the region to ensure that community and business resources are shared swiftly and accurately. To ensure that everyone is up to date, the LA Metro Chamber is committed to continuing to share this information.

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Businesses around LA reopen, but not everyone is ready to shop

The LA Metro Chamber conducted a survey of its members and residents of Androscoggin County in the two weeks preceding the June 1st reopening date, and it is clear that COVID-19 has changed consumer behavior. While being cleared to reopen is a key step in economic...

The LA Metro Business Community Responds with the Healing Community Food Challenge

A Lewiston small business has stepped up in a big way by helping local families deal with the impacts of a global health crisis. The Healing Community MEDCo, a purveyor of an extensive line of top-shelf medical Cannabis and Cannabis products, is leading a...

Reopening: Your business, Your Chamber

Key Resources and Our Approach Last Friday, late in the afternoon, the Mills administration announced the Rural Reopening Plan. This announcement was on the heels of the expanded testing announcement, made the day before. The major takeaway- 12 of our 16 counties...

Reopening Maine

On Friday, May 1st, the stay healthy at home mandate is set to expire in Maine. The April 23rd press conference offered up a vision for reopening from Governor Mills, but offered no details, dates, or plans. Science tells us a safe and sustainable reopening won't be a...

PART 2: PIVOTING TO THE NEXT NORMAL

The past week has brought conflicting messages about a move towards reponening- if not normal- with an extension of the Maine state of civil emergency (now through May 15) and a plan for opening up America. As our workers file for unemployment in record numbers, many...

On-the-Ground Observations: Real-time feedback from LA and beyond

This message is bit longer than usual, and certainly less flashy. Take 5 minutes, and read it fully. Every day I am talking to businesses and organizations dealing with rapid change. Financial institutions implementing new programs quickly. Restaurants shifting to...

The Healing Community Food Challenge

Are you a business that is ready to sign on to support this challenge? Click here to sponsor a family! The extended State of Emergency has left many families in our community without jobs and in desperate need of weekly groceries. The LA Metro Chamber has partnered...

An Update from Citylink

Effective April 1st, all citylink buses will operate at half capacity. Drivers will only allow a set number of passengers on each bus and will ask people to not sit near other passengers to encourage social distancing. Please be respectful of other passengers and your...

Governor Mills Issues Stay Healthy at Home Mandate

An important message to all Mainers: Today, Governor Mills issued the Stay Healthy at Home Order. You can view the key details on the state site, here. This mandate overrides previous declarations from the Governor’s office and does impact essential businesses that...

Additional Q+As for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The U.S. Department of Labor added new questions regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  View the full list here.  Additional questions + answers are as follows. If my employer closes my worksite on or after April 1, 2020 (the effective date of the...

The Healing Community Food Challenge

Are you a business that is ready to sign on to support this challenge? Click here to sponsor a family! The extended State of Emergency has left many families in our community without jobs and in desperate need of weekly groceries. The LA Metro Chamber has partnered...

An Update from Citylink

Effective April 1st, all citylink buses will operate at half capacity. Drivers will only allow a set number of passengers on each bus and will ask people to not sit near other passengers to encourage social distancing. Please be respectful of other passengers and your...

Governor Mills Issues Stay Healthy at Home Mandate

An important message to all Mainers: Today, Governor Mills issued the Stay Healthy at Home Order. You can view the key details on the state site, here. This mandate overrides previous declarations from the Governor’s office and does impact essential businesses that...