Category: Smart growth

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…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies on LD390: An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine related to of LD 390 “An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Favor of LD 328: An Act to Provide Funds to the Local Government Fund to Encourage Regional Planning and Reorganization

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 328 “An Act to Provide Funds to the Local Government Fund to Encourage Regional Planning and Reorganization” March 1, 2017 Senator David, Representative Martin and members of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government. My apologies for not being able…

4 Communities Where You’ll Find GrowSmart Maine in 2017

At GrowSmart Maine, we’re diligently working everyday to make Maine a thriving and abundant place of opportunity for those lucky enough to call this place home. We also work with the value that change brings about to communities without sacrificing the quality of life that makes Maine such a great place to live, work, and…

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…

Is more retail really the answer? Growing smart in Hallowell

Check out the CentralMaine.com story: Hallowell Planning Board to host discussion about Stevens Commons project Below are remarks made at the Nov 16 Hallowell Planning Board Presentation by GrowSmart Maine’s Executive Director Nancy Smith: GrowSmart Maine is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to create lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines…

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.  …

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…