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2014 ANNUAL MEREDA SPRING CONFERENCE

May
09

50th to 1st: Ingredients of a Successful Economic Development Plan:

How does Maine move to the top of Forbes Magazine's 'Best State to do Business' list?  A primer from away

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Historic Preservation Forum Credits Restoration

May
07

On a sunny Tuesday morning in Portland, a diverse group of nearly 40 people filled the lobby of PDT Architects' Dartmouth Street offices, all present to hear how historic preservation tax credits could be used for small projects.  You've all seen the majestic mill buildings along the river, restored to their former glory, now housing families, artist studios and breweries.

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GROWashington-Aroostook, an on-line Plan for an on-line World

Apr
18

- Judy East ~ Executive Director, Washington County Council of Governments

Most professional planners bristle when (usually) non-planners boast, "this xyz initiative won't be just another plan that collects dust on a shelf".  

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April Advocacy Update

Apr
15

The Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature adjourned late last night, having completed all business presented.  They will reconvene Thursday, May 1st, to consider any gubernatorial vetoes and perhaps other business. 

It has been a successful session for removing barriers to smart growth throughout Maine.  We’ll provide a comprehensive update soon, but for now, here are the highlights of just the past week:

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GrowSmart Maine Signs on to Safe Streets Act Letter to Congress

Apr
09

April 9, 2014

Dear Member of Congress,

Crossing the street shouldn’t mean crossing your fingers. Sadly, every two hours a pedestrian is
killed because of unsafe streets—streets built with federal transportation funds, but not necessarily
designed and built with all users in mind.

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GrowSmart Maine's Testimony in Favor of LD 1827, “An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine Small Business and Job Creation”

Apr
01

GrowSmart Maine supports a smart economic development bond package. This calls for substantial investments in MTI and the REDRLP. Upon hearing that the Maine Venture Fund was once a part of this proposal but has been removed, I support inclusion of this successful program as well. The Maine Venture Fund provides a public stake which, coupled with such private sector endeavors as the Maine Angels, gives Maine entrepreneurs the support to grow their start-up businesses here in Maine. I encourage you to remember the remarks of Charlie Colgan in his testimony to the committee; low interest rates are still at hand, a bond will support Maine’s small businesses at a time of five consecutive quarters of economic growth. Those sitting on the sidelines are ready to get back into the game and we need provide the capital needed so the best can move forward. This proposal is well-timed for Maine.

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March Advocacy Update

Mar
25

The Legislature has been going full speed this month and there’s much to report.

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"Reviving Freedom Mill" Viewings - Coming to a Town Near You!

Mar
25

"When environmentalist Tony Grassi takes a crazy gamble to rehab an abandoned Mill, he inspires both skepticism and hope that its revived bond with the river will breathe new life into the rural town of Freedom, Maine. With the help of a colorful team of builders, masons, engineers and architects, he sets out to reconstruct a forgotten historical treasure. Can his 21st century vision of conservation repower this community, and others, which are now welcoming a new generation of young farmers?"

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At Maine DOT, better roads and better budget go hand in hand

Mar
12

At Maine DOT, better roads and better budget go hand in hand
New national report examines state spending on road expansion versus repair

CONTACT: Nancy E. Smith, nsmith@growsmartmaine.org, 207.699.4430 x1

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GrowSmart Maine Testifies Against Cap on Historic Preservation Tax Credit

Mar
06

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine

In opposition to the proposal to cap FY15 Historic Preservation Tax Credit

March 5, 2014

 

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