"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.
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!
GrowSmart Maine will welcome five new Board Members and a new Vice Chair at their 1st Board Meeting of 2014 January 29th at USM. David Webster, President of Portland's PDT Architects, who joined the GrowSmart Maine Board of Directors in 2013, was elected as Vice Chair. New Board Members also elected at GrowSmart Maine's Annual Meeting in November at Lewiston's Atrium at Bates Mill are Carl Eppich of the Greater Portland Council of Governments, Jennifer Burns Gray of Maine Audubon, Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte of the Androscoggin Land Trust, Doug Sanford of Eastland Development, and Ed Su