Category: economy

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,…

Proposed Federal Tax Reform Bills Cut Important and Proven Tax Credits: Historic Tax Credit & Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

This memo was prepared by Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, and select information was presented at a 11.13.17 Roundtable discussion hosted by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in Portland, Maine. See bottom of this page for a link to the video of the roundtable discussion. As Congress prepares to debate tax reform, GrowSmart Maine wishes…

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…

Legendary Stevens Avenue

By Susan Ransom Last night I walked over to our community garden plot with my husband and our dog, greeting neighbors (and their dogs) along the way. Within five blocks I can walk to the library, the Quality Shop, Pat’s Meat Market, Baxter Woods, Siano’s restaurant, Roy’s Shoe Repair, the Sewing Shop, Jet Video, and…

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 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…