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Climate Tour: Denmark 2015

Apr
15

-Contributed by Sue Inches

A study tour to Denmark, the world leader in sustainability and renewable energy, is being planned for Aug.30-Sept 6. Denmark is a small country of 5 million people with similar natural resources to those we have in Maine. There’s a lot we can learn from our visit there.

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Testimony in favor of LD 646,“An Act To Provide Incentives for Municipal Cooperation and Shared Services” as well as LD 871, “An Act To Provide for Cooperation between Municipalities with Tax Increment Financing Districts”

Apr
15

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in support of LD 646, “An Act To Provide Incentives for Municipal Cooperation and
Shared Services”
April 15, 2015

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Testimony in support of LD 706 “Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Study Transportation Funding Reform”

Apr
14

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in support of LD 706
“Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Study Transportation
Funding Reform”
April 14, 2015

Senator Collins, Representative McLean and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine.
I regret that I cannot attend this hearing today and thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony in support of this bill.

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Testimony in Opposition to LD 161,“An Act to Ban the United Nations Agenda 21 in Maine”

Apr
09

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in opposition to LD 161,
“An Act to Ban the United Nations Agenda 21 in Maine”
April 9, 2015

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Testimony in support of LD 909 “An Act To Help Older Adults Age in Place through Comprehensive Planning”

Apr
07

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in support of LD 909
“An Act To Help Older Adults Age in Place through Comprehensive Planning”
April 6, 2015

Senator Whittemore, Representative Martin and members of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. I regret that I cannot attend this hearing today.

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Testimony in Favor of LD 826, “An Act To Promote Maine's Economic Development and Critical Communications for Rural Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investments in High-speed Internet”

Apr
02

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in support of LD 826
“An Act To Promote Maine's Economic Development and Critical
Communications for Rural Family Farms, Businesses and
Residences by Strategic Public Investments in High-speed Internet”
April 2, 2015

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Testimony in Support of LD 163 “An Act to Provide Economic Development Assistance to Rural Communities”

Mar
27

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine

in support of LD 163

“An Act to Provide Economic Development Assistance to Rural

Communities”

March 24, 2015

 

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A Tour of 409 Cumberland

Mar
25

409 Cumberland

409 Cumberland Avenue is Avesta Housing's latest success story. It is comprised of 57 mixed affordable and market rate studio, one, and two bedroom apartments, a "healthy living center" with a community kitchen and a rooftop greenhouse, all built on a once vacant lot in Midtown Portland.

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Update from Augusta!

Mar
18

The Maine Legislature is in full swing now, with joint legislative policy committees holding public hearings and work sessions just about every day.  GrowSmart Maine reviewed the original Bill Titles when they were released back in January, and have been reviewing  bills when they are printed and released, with fresh bills available every few days. We look for those legislative proposals that are central to our work, supporting Mainers in managing growth and change within their communities, and for which our unique perspective can offer key support, or in some cases opposition.

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Project Canopy Announces 2014 Community Forestry Grants

Mar
17

AUGUSTA - Project Canopy, a cooperative partnership between the Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Project Canopy Assistance Grants. A total of $133,064.78 was awarded in 6 Planning and Education grants and 13 Tree Planting and Maintenance Grants. Planning Grants were awarded to Dixmont Conservation Commission, Farmington Conservation Commission, Town of Kennebunkport, Town of Monmouth, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Planting grants were awarded to the City of Presque Isle, University of Maine – Farmington, Town of Pittsfield, Town of Fort Kent, City of Lewiston, City of Belfast, City of Ellsworth, Town of Greenville, Town of Dover-Foxcroft, Town of Milo, Town of Camden, Yarmouth Tree Committee, and Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. Project Canopy received a total of 22 applications, 3 from new communities and organizations, with a total grant request of $143,065.

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