Category: Economic development

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…

Voices of Maine’s New Forest Economy: Eric Kingsley of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions

This month, GrowSmart Maine will be featuring speakers and subject matter experts on the topic of Maine’s New Forest Economy – leading up to our forum on the subject on March 24th in Hallowell. More information and Registration here. Eric Kingsley is a partner in Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC (INRS), a natural resource industries…

Voices of Maine’s New Forest Economy: Ted Wright of TCNEF

This month, GrowSmart Maine will be featuring speakers and subject matter experts on the topic of Maine’s New Forest Economy – leading up to our forum on the subject on March 24th in Hallowell. More information and Registration here. Ted Wright is the Executive Director of the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands. He grew up in…

Food, Conversation, and the Future of Unity

Each town or region that embarks on the Making Headway in Your Community Program with GrowSmart Maine does so in their own way. The Town of Unity, Maine is no exception. Unity has spent considerable time planning and visioning and is ready for a more focused approach to addressing what comes next. Building on all…