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.
"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?"
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.
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.
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.