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Advocacy Wrap-up 2013

Aug
14

We wanted to share with you the outcome of a few of the bills that perhaps did not make it into the news as the First Regular Session of the 126th Legislature came to a close last month.

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Finding us in the new Gmail

Aug
14

Greetings All!

Just a quick note to let you know you may not be receiving our emails if you have the new Gmail tabbed layout. Apparently not only our newsletters, but individual, honest-to-goodness, it's really us, a person, emails are being sorted to "promotions" or "social".

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Project aims to cut heating costs for homeowners and boost local economy through wood pellet sales

Aug
13

Incentive enables switch from oil to wood pellet boilers for participants in Farmington and Wilton                                           

FARMINGTON – A new program is offering homeowners in Farmington and Wilton, Maine, the opportunity to save 40-50 percent on home heating costs by switching from oil heat to high efficiency wood pellet boilers. Municipalities and non-profits are also eligible to participate.

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Franklin Street Redesign: Linking Transportation, Economic Development, and Quality of Life

Jun
24

by Markos Miller, Guest Columnist

This month the City of Portland will be embarking on Phase 2 of the Franklin Street redesign study. Building on the 2009 Phase 1 report Reclaiming Franklin Street, this will advance the vision of Franklin Street as a vibrant urban corridor that serves as both an attractive gateway to the city, and connects neighborhoods, the waterfront, and I-295.

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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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