Category: General

A Smart Growth Community in Maine?

By Doug Greene. I’m a dreamer, and I’m not afraid to try and put my dreams into action. As a new GrowSmart Maine Board member, I sat at my 1st Board meeting feeling inspired by the goals, energy and effort being put into transforming our state. I wondered, “What if the place where I worked…

GrowSmart. Shrinksmart. Be Strong. Pioneer. Locally.

By Rebecca Casey. We occasionally ask ourselves if GrowSmart is the right name. Initially borrowed from the Smart Growth movement, some question whether it’s stale, while others are not yet familiar with it. I follow many thought leaders including Strong Towns, New Urbanism, Institute for Local Self Reliance and others. On top of that, my summer…

GrowSmart at a Glance – April-June 2018 

We offer to our subscribers this overview of our work across Maine in the second quarter of 2018. If you aren’t already a member, please consider supporting these programs at http://growsmartmaine.org/membership/donate/  The mission of GrowSmart Maine is to build lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine. We achieve our mission through community engagement, events and advocacy.  Each…

Supporting Maine Farms Matters – What You Can Do, Part 2

Click here to visit the event page for all the details and registration at the March 26th Forum ‘Growing Farm Friendly Communities’ Here in Maine, everyone can support farmers and farms. Check out the list below for a few ideas! Read your local newspapers, printed or online. Find some exciting workshops you can be involved…

Supporting Farms in Maine Matters – What You Can Do

Our March forum ‘Growing Farm Friendly Communities‘ has been postponed due to snow. Join us at the new date: Monday March 26, 8:30-11a, Bowdoinham. Click here to visit the event page for all the details and registration! This Forum is a chance to learn from and discuss with leading Mainers the subject of farm friendly…

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…

Reinvention without Loss of Identity – Why We Renovate

By David Webster. There are many reasons for renovating older buildings.  For me, seeing buildings as a major contributor to the character of a place is a reason to renovate rather than replace.  They represent the history of a community; why and how a community evolved, what the economic drivers were, what the people in…

New Auburn’s Village Center Renaissance

By Ethan Boxer-Macomber As advocates of Smart Growth, we are all encouraged and delighted by the current national trend toward redirection of resources to traditional city and town centers abandoned and neglected over 60 years of urban flight and suburban proliferation.  This reinvestment trend is readily apparent in Maine cities such as Bangor, Lewiston, Portland…

The Kennebec River – A Success Story of Recovery and Restored Relationships

By Pete Didisheim, guest author Over the past 200 years, the Kennebec River has gone through a remarkable cycle of depletion and recovery.   Sitting on the banks of the river today, watching osprey in flight and sturgeon breaching, it is difficult to picture how polluted and damaged this river had become.  And not that long…

‘More action; less talk’ – GrowSmart Maine is Listening

“I don’t ask you your age, don’t ask mine.” Earlier this year GrowSmart Maine asked members, colleagues and total strangers to take a survey. We wanted to know which issues matter to them, how they thought we should address them and, oh yeah, how they thought we were doing. As our staff and board members…