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Charting Maine's Future - The Brookings Report

In 2006, GrowSmart Maine, in conjunction with the Brookings Institution, produced Charting Maine’s Future, an in-depth examination of Maine’s strength and weaknesses at the dawn of the new century. This report has become a seminal blueprint for managing growth in the new century, and its core conclusions continue to reverberate across the state, influencing discussion about managing Maine’s growth in a sustainable manner and preserving our much-heralded Quality of Place.

Here's what the report recommends:

Streamline government to cut taxes and reinvest in Maine's economy.

Invest in Maine's Quality Places.

Invest in Maine's resourcefulness and creativity.

Help Maine communities plan for the future.

We're optimistic about Maine's future.

  • Maine is poised for a renewal — if we act now.
  • The new economy favors Maine.
  • Our population is growing again.
  • The economy is diversifying.
  • The Maine 'brand' is gaining in value.

But sustainable growth won't happen unless we fix some of the problems we face.

  • Our state's economic development work is unfocused.
  • Good, new jobs are just taking root.
  • Our work force isn't ready for tomorrow's jobs.
  • We tax and spend too much.
  • We're squandering our small-town landscape.

Here's what we need to do:

  • Strengthen our brand by safeguarding our small town, rural character.
  • Make a few large investments.
  • Charge tourists more.
  • Streamline government to finance investments and tax cuts.
  • Find new ways to work together.

Learn more:


Charting Maine's Future: Report Summaries

Regional Profiles (PDF files)

Additional Background Papers (PDF files)