Category: Economic development

Is Walking Controversial?

Join us in an exploration of the transportation ecosystem at our upcoming Walkability Forum in Bangor, Sept 19th. Register now! By Carol Morris. Working with all different kinds of people is a big part of my job as a public outreach consultant. As a matter of fact, if I don’t connect with a diverse bunch…

See what all the fuss is about – A visit to the Katahdin Region & the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

By Executive Director Nancy Smith ||  I’ve been paying attention to the very public debate about the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument with the same curiosity as most Mainers, and this past weekend, I traveled a few hours north to explore the Katahdin Region.  The drive up I-95 is an easy one and pleasant…

Letter to the Land Use Planning Commission from GrowSmart Maine

To the Members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission                           August 10, 2017 As noted in my testimony yesterday, I am providing a written summary of my remarks. I was encouraged to hear the Chair of the Commission state that it is not the goal of the Commission to eliminate the adjacency rule, but to…

From Away??

By Patrick Wright, Director of Gardiner Main Street.   I’ve always been interested in the popular Mainers’ term “From Away”, which conjures up a certain amount of disgust and frustration.  I normally hear the term when referring to people who have moved to Maine and are perceived to be a threat to Maine traditions and…

Biddeford is booming!

By Nancy Smith, Executive Director, GrowSmart Maine I traveled to Biddeford on Saturday July 1 to enjoy the open house at Joseph Webster Glass, a hot glass studio, and to revisit places I came to know as we prepared for our 2015 Summit in this city.  What a fabulous experience!  Joe Webster has created his…

GrowSmart Maine testifies in favor of LD 1373: “An Act To Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1373 “An Act To Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine” May 4, 2017 Senator Woodsome, Representative Berry and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, my name is Nancy Smith and I live in Monmouth….

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Support of LD 1399 “An Act to Encourage Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in support of LD 1399 “An Act to Encourage Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine” April 26, 2017 Senator Woodsome, Representative Berry and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, my name is Nancy Smith, I live in Monmouth, and I am the…

GrowSmart Maine testifies in support of LD 367 “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Develop a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in support of LD 367 “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Develop a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State” April 26, 2017 Senator Volk, Representative Fecteau and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in support of LD 1343 “An Act to Promote Downtown Revitalization by Creating the Locating Businesses Downtown Loan Program”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in support of LD 1343 “An Act to Promote Downtown Revitalization by Creating the Locating Businesses Downtown Loan Program” April 26, 2017 Senator Volk, Representative Fecteau and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, my name is Nancy Smith, I…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in support of LD 140, An Act To Promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Rural Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed Internet

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. I regret that I am unable to attend today’s public hearing. We are a statewide non-partisan, membership-based organization whose mission is to create lasting prosperity…