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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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Small Harbor Improvement Program, MaineDOT, Application Process is Open

Feb
28

Reminder:  SMALL HARBOR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN

This is a reminder that the MaineDOT Small Harbor Improvement Program is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for communities interested in SHIP funding to assist with local facilities for upcoming budget(s).  The program requires a minimum 50% match.

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Friends of Pettingill in Lewiston Advocate for an Expanded Public Park

Feb
27

Guest Blog by Ted Walworth, Chairman of the Friends of Pettingill

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GrowSmart Maine participates in 2014 National Conference, New Partners for Smart Growth

Feb
20

Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, attended a 3-day conference in Denver, CO last week, sharing and learning about smart growth policy, practices and projects across the country.  

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February Legislative Update

Feb
20

The Legislature is in full swing and GrowSmart Maine continues to engage in key proposals important for vibrant communities, healthy environment and a strong economy.  Much of the legislation we are tracking has yet to receive a public hearing, so at this time we can provide an update on bills discussed in our January update.

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Auburn, Lewiston Join Portland with Top Complete Streets Policies in Nation

Feb
18

Auburn, Lewiston recognized as national leader in creating streets that work for everyone

GrowSmart Maine congratulates the Cities of Auburn and Lewiston for passing two of the best Complete Streets policies of 2013

Portland, Maine – The Cities of Auburn and Lewiston have both been recognized as national leaders in making streets safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of national non-profit Smart Growth America.

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Advocacy Update Jan 2014

Jan
23

Nancy speaks at the EPC press conference

GrowSmart Maine has been active in Augusta since before the Maine Legislature returned for the Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature.   
In reviewing the 125-150 bills being presented this year, GrowSmart Maine narrowed our focus to the dozen or so issues most closely aligned with our mission and most likely to be impacted by our engagement.  
Here is a quick update on our work so far!

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