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MAINE’S BRIDGES RANK NINTH WORST IN NATION

Jun
19

Federal support needed to maintain safety and limit emergency repair costs of Maine’s 356 deficient bridges

 

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GrowSmart Maine Receives $50,000 Grant

Jun
17

PORTLAND - GrowSmart Maine has received a $50,000 grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation for general operations and for its work to develop and share a GIS-based resource guide for use by Mainers to create exceptional quality of life in their communities.

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A Grassroots Focus on the Feasibility of Creating Sustainable Village Centers

Jun
13

Sustain Southern Maine, a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant led by the Greater Portland Council of Governments, has been working over the last year in nine communities as part of a grassroots effort to explore sustainable development in Southern Maine.

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Testimony in Support of a Strategic and Balanced Bond Proposal

Jun
13

It is often said that government should be run like a business but I believe, given the unique role of state government, it is more appropriately run like a household. At home, as we budget for groceries, clothing and utilities, Mainers also borrow money for strategic investments, be it a college education, roof replacement or a newer vehicle. These are the things that make our families stronger now and in the future. The same holds true in this arena. It makes sense for Maine government to borrow funds for strategic investments – those that will make the state stronger now and in the future. There are thirty-two bond bills before you. This committee is in the best position to determine the total dollars most appropriately approved for borrowing at this time, but I encourage you to fully utilize the power of bonds to invest in our future.

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Advocacy Update 5.16.13

May
16

The Maine Legislature is going full throttle, as committees are charged with finishing their work this week and a few new bills are still just being printed.  We have been on defense on a few issues and have been able to support bills that move important issues forward as well.  GrowSmart Maine continues to monitor numerous bills related to our mission, and weighing in where we believe our perspective is unique and our voice might make that key difference in legislative consideration of proposed legislation. 

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry: Town of Falmouth to Receive Frank Knight Community Service Award during Arbor Week Celebration

May
16

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry will recognize the importance of trees in urban settings and the dedication of Maine communities to caring for those trees during its 2013 Maine Arbor Week Celebration. 

Held on Monday, May 20th at the Hilton Garden Inn overlooking the Androscoggin River in Auburn, the celebration, sponsored by the Maine Forest Service (MFS), its urban forestry program, Project Canopy, and GrowSmart Maine, will honor the civic devotion of several notable Maine residents.

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GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Favor of LD 1528, “An Act to Provide Livable, Affordable Neighborhoods”

May
16

If you are looking for one single measurement that captures this notion of prosperity for Maine, it would be what I hear most often when I travel across this state. We want better for our children. We want our kids to be able to live in Maine and to WANT to live in Maine. Selfishly, we want our kids and grandkids in easy distance for regular visits. Selflessly, we want to leave Maine stronger and better for them. With this bill, we have the chance to focus on major policy areas where regulations have the potential to either limit or broaden our ability to do just that. This bill provides a way to see transportation, rural lands and communities within a set of strategies to strengthen our communities and our economy in a way that conserves both working and open lands and that reduces the costs of delivering services such as transportation, health care and housing.

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GrowSmart Maine Hosts Commercial Strip Convening

May
13

Last month GrowSmart Maine hosted a “Commercial Strip Convening”, bringing together representatives from 10 communities, Sustain Southern Maine participants, and several others who are working on commercial strip projects in Maine.  A shared interest in “re-envisioning” Maine’s commercial strips was the catalyst for the convening.

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GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Favor of LD 1496, “An Act to Modernize and Simplify the Tax Code”

May
10

We strongly support the relief of property taxes for Maine residents. This benefits both Mainers and our communities. We appreciate that there are specific components directed at the unique challenges of Maine’s service center communities. I would add that the Fund for Efficient Delivery of Local and Regional Services should be funded more fully than the million dollars in the current proposal. Success builds on success, and early local efforts at regional collaboration and efficiencies will be models for other communities and other regions across the state. We have learned that a top-down required consolidation is not a lasting solution. Empower communities to find their own solutions.
We also strongly support the significant reduction in income taxes. This will improve the quality of life for Mainers and Maine-based businesses, most of which pay income taxes within the individual tax return of the owner. A lower income tax rate is also a powerful business attraction tool, because income taxes are considered as facility locations are evaluated. As important as our quality places are in recruiting businesses and individuals, lower income tax is vital as well.

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GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Opposition to Regulatory Takings Bills

May
07

As a part of our commitment to strengthening Maine’s economy, GrowSmart Maine is particularly enthusiastic about well grounded, thoughtful and creative proposals which seek to grow the economy in a sustainable manner while at the same time preserving our state’s unique character and quality of place. Fair and consistent regulations are a key component of this effort, but this bill does not achieve this goal. We believe this bill will work in direct conflict with those objectives. I say this, acknowledging the real concerns of landowners. But this is not the solution.

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