Category: innovation

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…