Category: Economic development

What’s Happening in Augusta

Legislative committees seem to be holding to a strategy of focusing on those bills with strong bipartisan support.  There are exceptions, but for the most part if a bill does not have strong support in committee, it will not advance this year.  No word still on when or if we will see a supplemental budget…

Smart Growth Forums: 2016 Season

GrowSmart Maine’s Smart Growth Forums are back for 2016 – and better than ever! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store this year: February – A Look into Maine’s Renewable Energy – location TBD Come to our February forum to learn how Maine’s electricity system works, what it means to residents and businesses, and…

Making Headway in Your Community: Downeast and Western Maine

2016 has barely begun and Making Headway In Your Community is going full force! The communities of Millbridge, Lubec and Eastport have been selected to participate in Making Headway In Your Community, a joint community development program of GrowSmart Maine and the Maine Downtown Center at the Maine Development Foundation. These communities were selected for…

2016 Advocacy Update

The 127th Maine Legislature is in its Second Regular Session, and GrowSmart Maine is weighing in on bills in several legislative committees, all with an eye towards strengthening and supporting Maine’s economy, communities and environment. We are engaging in several bills in Energy, Utilities and Technology.  You may recall that last session there was quite…

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in opposition of LD 1398 “An Act To Reduce Electric Rates for Maine Businesses”

January 7, 2016 Senator Woodsome, Representative Dion 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 working to improve Maine’s economy, support our distinctive communities, and enhance our state’s quality places. The…

GrowSmart Maine Testimony in Opposition to Cuts to 2016 CDBG Program Statement

Deborah Johnson Director, Office of Community Development Maine Dept. of Economic and Community Development Augusta, Maine Oct 29, 2015 Dear Ms. Johnson, I am writing to address one component of the Draft 2016 CDBG Program Statement. I am writing both for GrowSmart Maine and in my role as a member of the Advisory Council of…

Your Voice Matters! Vote Tomorrow!!

We all have our opinions.  Only twice per year do we have a concrete way to voice them.  Tomorrow is one of those chances – don’t let it pass you by.  Your vote matters, your voice matters.  And tomorrow, across the state, you get a say in what happens with your tax dollars and in…

Last Chance! Online Registration closes Friday!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to discover tools you can use in your community to become more resilient, efficient and informed in the face of a changing climate using consumer-friendly tactics gleaned from our recent trip to Denmark. Registration closes Friday for Community Solutions to a Changing Climate: The GrowSmart Maine Annual Meeting, October 20th…

GrowSmart Maine opposes Portland’s Question 2

PORTLAND – In an act unprecedented in its history, GrowSmart Maine’s Board of Directors has unanimously voted to oppose Portland’s Question 2, the “View Shed Referendum.” It may seem unusual that an organization dedicated to protecting Maine’s heritage, landscape and future would turn its back on a referendum devoted to protecting the city’s view sheds….