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GrowSmart Maine Announces New Development Director

Mar
11

GrowSmart Maine is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Zarro as their new Development Director. Andrew has strong non-profit and development experience, having served as Executive Director of several small non-profits in Boston, Massachusetts. His previous organizations span a range from criminal justice reform to downtown revitalization."We are very pleased to welcome Andrew to GrowSmart Maine.

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Testimony In Support of LD 493, “An Act To Create the Ocean Acidification Council”

Mar
11

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
In Support of LD 493,
“An Act To Create the Ocean Acidification Council”
March 11, 2015

Senator Baker, Representative Kumiega and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources, 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 support of LD 247, “An Act to Create Corridor Districts for the Purpose of Funding Transportation and Transit Services”

Mar
10

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in support of LD 247,
“An Act to Create Corridor Districts for the Purpose of Funding
Transportation and Transit Services”
March 10, 2015

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Testimony in Support of LD 408, An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Changes in Sea Level

Mar
05

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
In support of LD 408,
“AN ACT TO HELP MUNICIPALITIES PREPARE
FOR CHANGES IN SEA LEVEL”
March 5, 2015

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Testimony in Opposition to LD 309 and 162

Feb
27

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in opposition to LD 309,
“An Act To Connect the Citizens of the State to the State's Natural
Resources by Establishing Standards for Relief from Regulatory
Burdens”
And LD 162
 “An Act To Protect the Rights of Property Owners”
February 26, 2015

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Now is the time - contact your State Legislator!

Jan
22

Now that the 127th Maine Legislature is in session, it is the perfect time to call and introduce yourself to your State Representative and State Senator.  As a former legislator, I can tell you that one individual really can make a difference, if you choose to engage with your elected officials.

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A sneak peek into the historic Press Hotel in Portland

Dec
11

Despite the nasty weather on Wednesday, GrowSmart Maine staff and Board member Carl Eppich were treated to a tour of the new Press Hotel, currently under construction in the old Press Herald building in Portland. For those of you who don't know the building, it takes up the whole block between Congress and Federal Streets on the north and south and Market and Exchange Streets on the east and west.

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What's Next for Bonds?

Dec
10

We were very pleased when all of the bond proposals were approved by Maine voters on Election Day in November.  Now comes the work of creating the rules under which these public funds are distributed to communities across the state. 

As you know, we paid particular attention to the small business bond, #3; and the clean water safe communities bond, #6.  Here’s what we know about how these bonds will translate to economic, community and environmental improvements in Maine.

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PRESS RELEASE: GrowSmart Maine Brings the Federal Reserve Bank to Augusta at Summit 2014

Oct
24

Nearly 350 people attended the GrowSmart Maine statewide Summit 2014 on Tuesday, October 21st at the Augusta Civic Center.  In the opening session, Jared Duval of the Orton Family Foundation spoke about how storytelling builds community connections from which difficult strategies and hard decisions emerge.

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One Week!

Oct
13

We're a week away from an engaging day of networking, collaborating, learning and doing.  The GrowSmart Maine Summit promises to have all the right people in the room to make headway in Maine.  We'll talk about jobs, rural economic development, local foods, tax credits, climate change, regional land use, public and private sector collaboration and so much more.  But we need to ensure your voice is included. 

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