2018 Advocacy Update

The Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine State Legislature is well underway and GrowSmart Maine has taken an active role in securing passage of those select bills which would directly work to protect and build the future of Maine’s way of life, economy and infrastructure in a sustainable manner that benefits all Maine citizens. …

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Support of LD 1815, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Multimodal Facilities, Highways & Bridges

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1815 February 15, 2018 Senator Hamper, Representative Gattine and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. We are a statewide non-partisan, non-profit, membership-based organization working…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Support of LD 1798 to Update Rules for ConnectME Authority

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1798 February 13, 2018 Senator Woodsome, Representative Berry and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. We are a statewide non-partisan, non-profit, membership-based organization working…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in support of LD 1760 to Preserve Historic Buildings

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1760 January 25, 2018 Senator Hamper, Representative Gattine and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. We are a statewide non-partisan, non-profit, membership-based organization working…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Opposition to LD 1764 to Relocate Maine’s Small Business Advocate to DECD

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in opposition to LD 1764 January 24, 2018 Senator Paul Davis, Representative Danny Martin and members of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine.  We are a statewide non-partisan, non-profit, membership-based…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Support of LD 1698 to Support Local & Traditional Industries in Maine

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1698, Resolve, Directing the Maine Community College System To Promote Innovation and Growth in Rural Maine through the support of local and traditional industries January 17, 2018 Senator Langley, Representative Kornfield and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Support of LD 1686, Protect Maine’s Pro-Solar Policy

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1686. January 11, 2018 Senator Woodsome, Representative Berry and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine and I live in Monmouth. We are a…

The Value of Farms, Monetary & Beyond

Written by Rachel Bouvier.  As an environmental economist, member of GrowSmart Maine, and an avid hiker and “consumer” of conservation land, I testified in front of the Ag, Forestry and Conservation Committee back in December.  Here are some highlights of my testimony. Many municipalities around Maine are concerned with the tax-exempt status of some conservation lands. …

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Support of LD 520, To Fund Improved Broadband Service in Underserved Areas

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 520 January 10, 2018 Senator Hamper, Representative Gattine and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. We are a statewide non-partisan, non-profit, membership-based organization working…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Support of LDs 178, 319, 955 & 1118, for State Funding of Programs that Strengthen Maine’s Communities & Economy

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LDs 178, 319, 955 and 1118. January 9, 2018 Senator Hamper, Representative Gattine and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. We are a statewide non-partisan,…