Category: growsmart maine

‘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…

When You Build it, They Will Come

Registration now open for the September Forum: The Case for Walkability: Health, Economic Development and Sustainability Sept 19th, Bangor Maine By Lynne Seeley I heard a saying once – birds love to fly, fish love to swim, and dogs love to walk.  I can attest to the “dogs love to walk” part of that saying. …

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…

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….

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…

Update on Making Headway in Your Community: Will We Be in Your Town Next?

Making Headway in Your Community is wrapping up its first full year as a community engagement program, a partnership of the Maine Downtown Center and GrowSmart Maine. GrowSmart Maine and Maine Downtown Center are engaged with communities on the public meeting components of Making Headway.  Projects are underway in several towns while the rest are…

Wilton and Rumford to Participate in Making Headway In Your Community, a project of GrowSmart Maine and Maine Downtown Center.

Movie Night and Community Conversation being held in each community. Wilton, Rumford – The communities of Wilton and Rumford have been chosen 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 their demonstrated…

Our April Forum: 21st Century Transportation: Shared Vehicles, E-Bikes and their Implications for a Smart Growth Economy in Maine

The future of transportation is not as far away as you think…and it may look a lot different than you’re expecting. Join us from 8 to 10 am on April 28 at Cyclemania in Portland for a GrowSmart Maine forum on how technology and the sharing economy is changing transportation both urban and rural.  …

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Favor of LD 1649, “An Act to Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1649 “An Act to Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development” March 16, 2015 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…